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Dealing with Seasonal Allergies

Toni Ann DiSantis

Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies. Learn about allergy triggers and how to control them.

Who Gets Allergies and Why?

Allergies can arise from genetics, or they may develop later in life from exposure to environmental factors. Most allergies develop during childhood, if your parents suffered from allergy symptoms, you’re more likely to develop them also.


Some of the most common allergy triggers are:

• Tree, grass, and weed pollen

• Mold spores

• Dust mite and cockroach allergens

• Cat, dog, and rodent dander


Controlling Allergies

Treat Early: Pollen season starts when the weather warms up enough for trees to begin budding, which starts much earlier than many people think. Pollen can fill the air as early as February, making mid- to late-February a good time to start medicating if you take medications to control your seasonal allergies.

Limit Exposure: Knowing when pollen counts and wind will be low can help you schedule outdoor activities when less irritants are in the air. If you have severe allergies, consider wearing a respirator mask when the pollen count is high. A respirator mask may be particularly useful when performing outdoor work, such as mowing the law or raking leaves.

To learn more, visit http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/5-ways-to-beat-spring-allergies