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How Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Sports Performance

No matter how hard you trained off-season, pollen season can knock you out before game time even starts.

The spring season is known to leave millions miserable for weeks at a time, and athletes who play outdoor sports are some of the main victims.
Some athletes cannot wait grab their baseball mitts or their lacrosse sticks, while other athletes dread being out on the field because they suffer from seasonal allergies such as pollen and grass.
Being out on the field with seasonal allergies can cause symptoms such as:

  • Itchy, Watery Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Post-nasal Drip
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Fatigue

Some other common allergy symptoms include rashes or hives on the skin.
The best way to line up your defenses is to plan out your strategy now before you get kept out of the game for the rest of the season.  Here are a few tips to keep you out on the field without your allergies causing an interference.
Start Allergy Treatment Before the Season
Most allergy medications need to be taken regularly for a period of time before they become fully effective.  Starting routine medications before the season starts can help you feel more at ease and help you feel your best during game time.
Build Up Your Immune System
Just as you would in the winter months, it’s important to keep your immune system in check throughout the entire year.  Build up your immune system by increasing your daily intake of nutrients, water, and sleep to keep your body in tact throughout the sports season.
Train Indoors
Months of exercising indoors can prepare you for the long season head.  Training at an indoor gym or training facility allows you train in a controlled environment that is more allergy-friendly.
Check the Pollen Count for the Day
Resources like weather.com and pollen.com provide updates about the pollen count for the day in your city, which can help you better plan for and prevent flareups as well as keep your symptoms under control.

But if your symptoms are still getting the best of you, be sure to seek treatment at AFC Urgent Care.  We provide seasonal allergy treatment seven days a week with convenient night and weekend hours. This means you don’t have to wait for an appointment with your primary care physician or.  You can simply stop by our urgent care center to receive the treatment you need before or after the game!
For more information about treatment for seasonal allergies, or other services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 908-222-3500.