Avoid outdoor exercise on dry, warm, windy days, which bring the highest pollen levels. "The wind blows pollen around for miles and miles," Blaiss says.
Many pollens cause eye problems, including allergic conjunctivitis, a noncontagious form of "pink eye," Blaiss says.
High humidity can cause problems, as well. "The humidity itself isn't bad, but if the air feels heavy, it can make breathing feel difficult," Michael Blaiss, MD, a past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and a practicing allergist in Memphis, Tenn. says. "Plus, the humidity contributes to mold growth, which can trigger symptoms in people with mold allergies."
On the other hand, a rain shower may help. "Rain clears the air, making it a good time to go outdoors if you have allergies" he adds.
"Running in cold weather may also trigger symptoms," Blaiss says. Problems of that type usually result from exercise-induced bronchospasm (a sudden constriction of airway passages in the lungs) however, which is not a true allergy, Blaiss says. "With proper treatment, you should be able to do any sport or activity without a problem. If not, you may need a reevaluation of your treatment plan."
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