Exercising with Nasal Allergies

For people with nasal allergies, exercising can be tricky, especially during the summer.  Nonetheless, exercise is important for good health, and those with allergies can still exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Regular exercise cannot cure nasal allergies, but it can help you feel your best.  Focusing on exercises that strengthen your heart and lungs will help.

If your nose is stuffed up when you want to exercise, take a nasal medication such as am antihistamine, decongestant, nasal cromolyn, saline nasal spray, or nasal steroid spray. It's important that your nose and sinuses be as clear as possible when you exercise.

If you want to exercise outdoors, make sure to pick a place free of large concentrations of allergens.  If you are allergic to molds, don’t exercise near a lake.  Check the daily pollen and mold count for your area.  Otherwise try exercising indoors where you can avoid irritants that can trigger or worsen your symptoms.