Adult Outdoor Allergies
Get relief from your adult outdoor allergies symptoms
Outdoor allergies symptoms can become more than just a nuisance—they can prevent you from truly enjoying everyday life. And if you’re feeling like you’re missing out on the great outdoors, you’re not alone. Up to 30% of American adults suffer from seasonal allergies. The common signs and symptoms of adult outdoor allergies include:
- Nasal congestion and post-nasal drip*
- Itchiness in the nose, throat or eyes
- Hives or rash*
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and they tend to get worse during certain times of the year, you very well could be an allergy sufferer. We recommend scheduling an appointment with your primary care provider or allergist to discuss your symptoms, confirm your diagnosis and get you on the path to relief.
Developing allergies as adults
Seasonal outdoor allergies can appear at any stage in your life. And although it’s not completely clear why some people develop adult onset allergies, some specialists believe changes in your immune system or the plants in your geographical area could be responsible.
Symptoms in adults tend to be similar regardless of the specific allergy. In some cases, you may experience multiple allergy symptoms, or you may experience just one. You can also be allergic to more than one outdoor allergen, which could explain fluctuations in the severity of your symptoms.
Identifying your outdoor allergies
Common causes of outdoor allergies include:
- Airborne mold spores: Mold spores are seeds that travel much like pollen in dry or windy weather and hit their peak during late summer or early fall. They often come from moldy logs or fallen leaves.
- Tree pollen: Trees can start producing pollen as early as January in certain regions, so you may notice tree pollen symptoms before peak spring allergy season. It’s common in trees like birch, cedar and oak.
- Grass pollen: You can breathe grass pollen in through the wind and some allergy sufferers can even get a reaction on their skin when it comes in contact with grasses. Common allergenic grasses include Timothy, Kentucky Blue, Johnson, Rye, Fescue, Bermuda and Bahia.
- Weed pollen: The most common weed pollen is ragweed, which grows all over the US. While other types of pollen may peak in spring, ragweed often peaks in the late summer or early fall. Sagebrush, pigweed, lamb’s quarters and tumbleweed are other common offenders.
Your primary care doctor or allergist will be able to diagnose your seasonal allergies more accurately. From there, you can start taking the necessary steps to manage your allergy symptoms and get back to living your everyday life.
Managing your outdoor allergies
While we know avoiding the outdoors altogether isn’t a realistic solution, there are some ways you can gain more control over your outdoor allergies.
- Check the weather. Is it a hot, dry day? Is there wind in the forecast? Is the pollen count high? If the answer is yes to these questions, you may want to avoid any big outdoor plans. Rainy, cloudy days make pollen far less of a threat.
- Reduce your exposure, even in small ways. Driving with the windows down might be a thrill, but it’s not a great idea for allergy sufferers. Same goes for sleeping with the windows open. Air conditioning is a better bet when you need to cool down.
- Leave yard work to the pros (or the neighborhood teenager.) Raking leaves, weeding or mowing the lawn can stir up pollen and mold, exacerbating your symptoms.
- Keep things clean. Change and wash clothes after you wear them outside, and shower frequently to remove any pollen from your hair or skin.
How Allegra can relieve adult outdoor allergies
When you want reliable relief from your seasonal allergies, turn to Allegra, the #1 allergist recommended non-drowsy brand.† For relief from sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, itchy nose or throat and runny nose, 12 Hour Allegra and 24 Hour Allegra tablets or gelcaps may be a good choice for you. They contain an antihistamine that offers the fastest‡ non-drowsy relief from both outdoor and indoor allergies.
If you’re experiencing nasal congestion, sinus congestion and pressure or swelling of your nasal passages, 12 Hour Allegra-D and 24 Hour Allegra-D tablets may be a better fit. They combine an antihistamine with a decongestant to help you breathe freely without feeling drowsy.
Find the Allegra product that’s best for you and get back to enjoying all of life’s outdoor adventures.
*Allegra is not indicated to relieve coughing, post-nasal drip, hives, or rash. Allegra is indicated to relieve sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes or an itchy nose and throat. Allegra-D is indicated to relieve sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy nose and throat, nasal congestion, sinus congestion and pressure and swelling of nasal passages.
†Allegra is the #1 allergist recommended non-drowsy brand of OTC oral antihistamines.
‡Starts working in one hour. Applies to first dose only. Among single-ingredient OTC branded oral antihistamines.