HOW TO SURVIVE A BASEBALL GAME WITH ALLERGIES
From the crack of the bat to the aromatic scent of hot dogs, there's nothing like going to a baseball game in spring. But for allergy sufferers, a flare-up could be on deck.
Each spring, millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, which means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and other bothersome symptoms can be thrown your way.1 And being outdoors at a ball game can exacerbate those problems, that is, if you don't have your bases covered.
From the placement of your seats to some small preparation tactics, here are our hacks for preventing an allergy flare-up on game day. Who wants to miss seeing a game-changing home run because of some sniffles?
GO AFTER IT RAINS
No one wants rain during the big game, but as an allergy sufferer, you definitely want rain before the game. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best time to go outside is after a good rain shower, which helps clear pollen from the air.2 So if you see that your favorite team has a game scheduled right after a drizzle is forecasted, this would be the perfect time to go!
On game day, it may be smart to have a little R&R before being outside. Staying indoors helps your body pace itself; you're not exposing yourself to pollen and triggering your symptoms early. Sometimes taking "inactive" measures are as good as active ones.
Sunglasses are a homerun accessory because they block out the sun and directly protect your eyes from pollen, dust and mold particles in the air. A simple pair of shades can make a huge difference with pollen, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says, but also protect against dirt particles that may fly into your line of sight.3 Plus, you’ll look jumbotron-ready.
The best defense is, of course, to visit an allergist and determine what treatment is right for you. Flonase Sensimist nasal spray is an over-the-counter solution that relieves sneezing, running nose, itchy and watery eyes plus nasal congestion -- which most allergy pills do not -- for more complete relief. One dose lasts 24 hours, so you'll be able to root-root-root for the home team without constantly blow-blow-blowing your nose.
- Allergy Facts. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies. Accessed February 15, 2018
- Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER) website.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/in-depth/seasonal-allergies/art-20048343. Accessed February 15, 2018
- Pollen Allergy. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. http://www.aafa.org/page/pollen-allergy.aspx. Accessed February 15, 2018