By Ryan Mayer
Allergies are an increasingly common medical condition for Americans as research suggests that 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in this country currently suffer from them. Naturally, people who are afflicted by allergies tend to try and stay away from whatever substance (food, pollen, animal hair, etc) forces an allergic reaction for them. However, sometimes the thing that you’re allergic to is unavoidable in your daily life as is the case for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns.
Hurns is entering his third season in the NFL and coming off a breakout season in which he caught 64 balls for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. He did all of that despite being allergic to grass according to ESPN, which is kind of an issue considering that football is played on well, grass. From the article:
“Hurns said he doesn’t experience breathing problems. His nose doesn’t get stuffy or runny either. He has skin breakouts that vary in degrees. Some days they’re barely there. Other days he said he has to take a Benadryl after practice or games if it’s a particularly severe breakout. Hurns said it’s more of a nuisance than a problem, and it obviously hasn’t affected him on the field. …
There’s nothing Hurns can do to stop the breakouts from happening other than wearing the long sleeves and tights — or giving up the sport altogether. The only other thing he does is drink a lot of water because he said staying hydrated helps.”
The good news is that Hurns’ allergy seems to be a mild one causing itching and skin breakouts as opposed to any breathing problems that could be life threatening. That’s certainly positive news for the Jaguars and Hurns considering the two sides just agreed to a four-year $40-million dollar deal last week.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.