How To Avoid Letting Allergies Ruin Your Hike

Autumn and Spring are common times for allergy flare-ups, which can leave you drowsy, tired and frustrated. But there are a few measures that you can take to make the allergy season more tolerable.

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Take some simple precautions and don’t let allergies ruin your time outdoors

See Your Doctor

Getting an appointment can be tough, but your doctor may be able to prescribe, or recommend new or better allergy solutions. Certain anti-allergy medications require a prescription, but they tend to be stronger at combatting allergy symptoms. You may also qualify for allergy shots or other supplemental medications.

Stay Informed

It may take trial and error, but you should figure out which medications work best for you and your schedule. It also may help to stay indoors at certain times of the day or when particular allergens are present.

Know the Weather

You can download a weather forecast weather app, which will keep you informed of local weather conditions—weather plays a major role in the spread of allergens. The best weather application will let you know the content of pollen and other allergens in your area, and alert you to any spikes.

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A weather app, like WeatherBug, is a great way to plan hikes around your allergies

Be Prepared

Once you get your weather forecast weather app, keep an eye out for rising pollen count or a forecast of high winds, which will likely increase pollen count. Take any measures that are recommended by your doctor and make sure that you are well-stocked with your favorite allergy medications, as well as a supply of tissues and ice packs, which help in case of hives and swollen eyes. If you wear contact lenses, see your optometrist for the best type of lenses for allergy sufferers—even if you’re only wearing them during allergy season.

Allergy season is not pleasant, but with some preparation, it can be manageable.

Do you suffer from allergies? How do you stop them impacting on your time outdoors?

This is a collaborative post.

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  • Sarah Christie Sarah Christie November 20, at 12:07

    Pollen can really effect me and it is so stressful when you are out for a summer walk and it starts, I cant seem to find anything that helps its so frustrating.

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker November 23, at 13:38

      It is tough, my husband has bad hayfever, we just end up avoiding walking on high days. We try to be prepared but it is difficult.

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