Going Outdoors with Allergies

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Getting Outdoors with Allergies

How to make going outdoors more comfortable

In the spring and summer months, all we want to do is be outside and enjoy the sun – understandably. However, for those who are affected by seasonal allergies, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, being outdoors can be frustrating. It can be tricky to avoid pollen during allergy season, especially as different types of pollen appear at different times of the year.

Some allergy sufferers think that risking symptoms, from the more common (such as a runny nose) to the more severe (such as a tickly cough) is sometimes not worth going outdoors for

Luckily, following some simple steps and solutions will help manage your seasonal allergy symptoms this summer, reduce your exposure to pollen and make sure you can get out and about.


  1. Plan your hay fever medicine in advance
  2. Starting treatments early that can help reduce any inflammation in the nose, like nasal steroid sprays for allergies, can make future symptoms less severe. Antihistamines can also help prevent itchy eyes and a runny nose – making the outdoors a lot more manageable in the summer.

  3. Think about what you’re wearing
  4. There are plenty of accessories you can wear that help prevent pollen, dander, and other airborne allergens from reaching your face, eyes, and hair – like hats, and wraparound sunglasses.

  5. Use an allergy balm to block allergens
  6. Those with seasonal may find that using an allergy balm around their nostrils can help create a barrier against pollen, dander and dust mites.

  7. Pick the best time to go outside
  8. The pollen count is typically higher on warmer, drier days – and the general rule of thumb is that the count goes up in early mornings and evenings, no matter how hot it is. By keeping an eye on pollen forecasts in advance of any trips out, you’ll know what times to avoid, and when to be extra prepared.

  9. Rain, rain, don’t go away.
  10. Rain can be a blessing for those with seasonal allergies – as the pollen count typically goes down during, or right after, a shower of rain. So, if you’re itching to go outside but it’s a bit wet, pull on a raincoat and head outdoors.

    Be ready if allergy sniffles or sneezes strike by keeping a box of Kleenex® Ultra Soft™ tissues on hand, America’s #1 preferred ultra tissue (among leading ultra national brands).

    All content and advice is provided on behalf of Allergy UK in partnership with Kleenex®.