The pollen count is highest between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and again at dusk, so "plan your workouts for other times of the day when pollen levels are lower," says Michael Blaiss, MD, a past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and a practicing allergist in Memphis, Tenn.
If you go out during high-pollen times, wear a face mask designed to filter out pollens, says Murray Grossan, MD, an ear, nose, and throat physician and author of Free Yourself from Sinus and Allergy Problems -- Permanently. "As soon as you arrive home, rinse out your nose with saline to remove pollen still in your nose," Grossan says. "Two anti-allergy nasal sprays that enable you to exercise with high pollen levels include Astelin and Patanase. Ask your allergist."
It also helps to know what triggers your allergies.
"There [are] different readings for different types of pollens," Blaiss says. "Tree pollen levels above 50 [are] high, for example, while one to 10 is considered low." Check a web site such as that of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, which tracks pollen counts for trees, mold, weeds, and grass across the U.S.
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