I just love it; going for a run or take a bootcamp class outdoors. But what if you have an insect allergy, hay fever of other related allergies? That could be quite the challenge. But anything is possible with a little help! Just read the following precautions and tips and you can enjoy the outdoors!
What to do when you have Insect venom allergy
- First of al think about places where bees or wasps would like to hang around. It is not possible to avoid “running into” 😉 an insect completely, but don’t go running through flowery fields.
- When going for a run, always wear correct footwear and cover your skin as much as possible. There is special breathable clothing for working out outdoors. It will keep you nice and cool. Try not to look like a colourful flower; this might attract the little ones.
- When a bee or wasp approaches you; DO NOT PANIC. When you transform into a kung-fu master and hit a wasp, they get angry and might sting you. Stay cool and move away slowly. Keep your mouth shut.
- Keep the sweet stuff at home. Your energy drink may attract insects you are so hard trying to avoid. Take some water and use the other stuff when you are back home.
Inhalation allergies can be triggered by multiple causes like pollen, moulds or severe pollution. By taking the right procautions and reduce exposure to one or more of these triggers you can minimalize your change to a allergic reaction.
What about my hay fever
- Always take your medication, when you use any, like antihistamine to reduce the chance of an severe reaction like shortness of breath.
Do you use an inhaler; always take it with you!
- Check the weather! Is it going to rain in about an hour? Just go outside during or after. The pollen count will be lower and it can be so refreshing!
- Use big sunglasses or special sunglasses who are totally wraparound so your eyes are protected. A cap or hat can also help keeping pollen away from your eyes!
- Do you live near to the sea? A workout on the beach is great due to a lower pollen count in the sea breeze…
- Download a pollen app on your phone and check if it is the right time to go outside for a run. Why go when the amount of pollen is sky high today?
- Back from your excercise? Take a nice shower and change your clothes to remove all the pollen from your hear and body.
I feel confident and will go for that run!
Great to hear. We hope you enjoy your lovely work out this summer! We know it is hard to really avoid all the allergens but we hope to have given you some useful tips. Do not overstep your limits. Have you had a severe reaction in the past, we suggest you go out with a workout buddy.
When you do not feel comfortable; stick to an indoor workout. A treadmill is a great invention 😉
Do you have any questions about medication you can always contact your allergy specialist for advice.