Running and pollen allergy do not go together. After a cold and slippery winter, pollen spoils the racing idyll for many runners in the spring. Also, after a hot summer when the heat prevents a high concentration of allergens in the air, in the fall there is a cooling and an increase in the concentration of allergens that interfere with us.
Here are some good tips on how to prevent it and if you haven’t already, beat the annoying sneeze while running.
Pollen allergy and how to recognize it
How does an allergy occur? An allergy occurs as a reaction of the organism to foreign substances, such as pollen, bee venom or pet hair.
The body of an allergic person believes that these substances are harmful to him, so the immune system reacts when these substances are found in our body.
Allergy symptoms are:
- Stuffed nose
- Wet nose
- Whistling (when breathing)
- A cough
- Itching and watery eyes
- Itchy skin
- Headache and feeling of pressure in the head
If you have signs and symptoms of allergic diseases, you can do an IgE test (Immunoglobulin E) from your blood. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is determined for people who have signs and symptoms of allergic diseases, people who are candidates for anti-IgE therapy, as well as people with asthma and cystic fibrosis when bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is suspected.How to check if you are in the acute phase of allergy?
Is running the cause of allergies?
Although running is not a direct cause of allergies, this type of activity can promote its development.
When we run outside, our body is faced with many allergens such as pollen, ragweed or grass. As these allergens travel through the air, and our breathing is accelerated during running, so is the amount and speed at which we inhale allergens during running.
This phenomenon is not only an obstacle when running, it can also endanger the safety of running
Pollen allergy has the following effects
If allergic reactions are not treated, they can develop allergic asthma. The world has seen an increase in this disease in recent years.
When an allergic person is exposed to allergens, the body releases histamine to fight the occupiers. When histamine occurs in the lungs and airways, inflammation and irritation occur. If inflammation develops, breathing becomes incredibly difficult.
Tips for preventing allergies before and after running
The morning is the period of the day when the highest concentration of pollen is, but even running in the afternoon will not save you. As a rule, air pollution is greatest in the afternoon. Here’s what you can do:
- Wearing sunglasses will protect your eyes from allergies.
- Cover your face and night – feel a running mask or bandana.
- Your hair is a pollen magnet. Even when you finish running the pollen stays on your head and you continue to inhale it.
- Discard the racing equipment immediately, also because it retains pollen.
- After running, take a shower immediately and wash off allergens.
- Do not run on windy days, because the wind increases its concentration in the air.
- Warm up slightly and enter a strong part of the training with the accustomed lungs.
- Run on the treadmill. If you are not running, use an indoor air purifier.
Use of allergy medications
What is safe though is to go to a pharmacy or better yet an allergist or pulmonologist who can prescribe you medication. There are different types of these products, and as a rule, they are almost all non-invasive, so babies can also use them.
Of course, before use, always consult a doctor or at least a pharmacist from when you will buy such a medicine.
If you use the pump due to asthma (eg Ventolin), use it 15 minutes before running.
BEWARE: If you do not control allergens in addition to medication, it may be necessary to do allergy tests and vaccinations – but in any case, check with your doctor.
Share with us in the comments: How do you deal with allergies? Do they bother you when you run?