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fetchspot2012-04-26 02:20:49 +0000 #1
Does anyone else find the weather.com allergy maps (Mold, Tree, Grass, and Weed) helpful to pre-treat for allergies before heading outdoors for a ride? Do you have any other suggestions on finding allergy pollen levels?

Haven't been riding as pollen is high for the trees currently.

fetchspot
pumpkinpony2012-04-26 02:31:01 +0000 #2
I do, but for me I need to look a few days in advance, not just right before a ride. I find the allergy medicine to be much more effective if I'm taking it up to 48 hours prior. I also travel a lot so find that quite useful.
Owlie2012-04-26 02:32:40 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by fetchspot

Does anyone else find the weather.com allergy maps (Mold, Tree, Grass, and Weed) helpful to pre-treat for allergies before heading outdoors for a ride? Do you have any other suggestions on finding allergy pollen levels?

Haven't been riding as pollen is high for the trees currently.

fetchspot

I can't actually go outside during pollen season (April and May for me) without being miserable, unless it's just rained. Then I'll head outside!
OakLeaf2012-04-26 03:13:59 +0000 #4
If you don't mind looking weird, you might try wearing a respirator. The ones they sell in the drugstores for pollen are useless, but the slightly more expensive OSHA sanding masks work great for me. I only use them on the moto, not on the bici, though.
Eden2012-04-26 03:46:13 +0000 #5
most allergy meds work best if you start getting them at least a week before you hit your allergy....

I find I'm just as miserable indoors, unless I'm in a super tight HEPA filtered building.... (like at work, I work in a hospital), so I just ride. My nose runs more initially, but the congestion actually clears a bit with exercise and in the long run I feel better.
fetchspot2012-04-26 03:56:13 +0000 #6
I am so glad others find these maps helpful. I love that this site has mold allergens also. My relatives are all over the US and I can just tell when they will be miserable. Also it helps me plan vacations to areas.
Owlie2012-04-26 04:31:54 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Eden

most allergy meds work best if you start getting them at least a week before you hit your allergy....

I find I'm just as miserable indoors, unless I'm in a super tight HEPA filtered building.... (like at work, I work in a hospital), so I just ride. My nose runs more initially, but the congestion actually clears a bit with exercise and in the long run I feel better.

I start taking them at the end of March or thereabouts, depending on how bad the winter was. (I should probably pick my pill and stock up, given how mild this winter has been.)

My problem is that I must have stupid histamine receptors or something, because every drug I've tried works for one season and then barely the next. It's not so much the congestion that gets me (I can live with that), it's the constantly itchy, watery eyes.
OakLeaf2012-04-26 02:46:36 +0000 #8
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Originally Posted by Owlie

It's not so much the congestion that gets me (I can live with that), it's the constantly itchy, watery eyes.

If you have drug coverage, see if you can get a scrip for Patanol. I still have breakthrough symptoms even with immunotherapy, antihistamines AND leukotreine blockers, and last year I wound up with a raging case of conjunctivitis. The stuff is expensive, but it works.

I also take the old fashioned sleep inducing antihistamines at night. It helps me get on top of the symptoms and lets my sinuses clear a bit.

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