Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, grass is green, trees once again have leaves, and the baseball diamonds and soccer fields are occupied with players of all ages. Many of these youthful athletes (nearly 40%) are allergic to airborne pollens such as grasses and trees. For them, spring and the opening of a new season of baseball also means the beginning of increased sneezing, wheezing, hives, headaches or itchy swollen eyes. The wind that is often present during the springtime, increases exposure to grass and tree pollen and also stirs up higher doses of mold spores. Allergy sufferers often experience fatigue during the allergy season due to their increased sneezing, wheezing or eye itching.
It’s difficult to enjoy the outdoors when your allergy symptoms cause you to feel miserable.
Before you go out to the ball game arm yourself with some good allergy defense:
- Take allergy and asthma medications that your physician has prescribed as a preventive before taking part in outdoor activity.
- Avoid over the counter allergy medications that can cause drowsiness.
- Shower and shampoo immediately after returning from the outdoors.
- Keep pets outdoors and out of your bedroom as they often carry pollens indoors on their fur.
- Consider an allergy treatment plan that includes allergy injections which can change the way your body reacts to pollen and other allergens
- Keep bedroom windows closed during the pollen season.