Golf-Poulter hopes to tame allergies before heading to Masters

Reuters

Wed, 23 Mar 20:31:00 2011

British world number 15 Ian Poulter will have an anti-histamine injection before heading to next month's U.S. Masters in a bid to help control a series of allergies.

Poulter, who underwent tests this month that revealed he was allergic to almost all types of grass and trees, said he has suffered from hay fever for as long as he can remember.

"I just wanted really to find out and do the tests to see if there is anything I can take or anything I can do to not be as affected as much as I am," Poulter told reporters on Wednesday ahead of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

"I'm probably going to have a kind of anti-histamine injection before I get to Augusta for the Masters next month just to hopefully kick that in, because it's especially bad there."

Poulter also said he will take a serum orally over a number of months to help build up his immune system.

Hay fever has been something Poulter, 35, has had to deal with throughout his career, particularly at the heavily-wooded Augusta National course.

"Augusta National is very strong pollen. The pine is very, very strong. You see it on the car when you come out. If you play in the morning and you come out in the morning, the whole windscreen is covered in pollen," said Poulter.

"Wearing sunglasses for me is a huge plus when it is very, very strong like that, because if it's all over the windscreen and you're not wearing glasses, it's going to be in your eyes. So they have definitely helped. But I still get affected, so I take eyedrops and tablets."

Poulter used to wear contact lenses, which added to his eye problems, but he underwent laser surgery three years ago.

The Masters runs from April 7-10.

 

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