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’Tis the season for sneezin’

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It’s not only leaves that can cause problems in the fall. Pollen from weeds – most notably ragweed – can aggravate allergies, says the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

The AAFA recommends pinning down your precise allergy or allergies with help from a physician.

Other suggestions:

  • Because pollen is microscopic and can stick to practically everything, wash yourself as often as possible and shower each night to remove any grains you might have brought into the house.
  • Wear sunglasses or a hat when outdoors to help keep pollen out of your face and hair.
  • Make a habit of taking off your shoes when you come into your home.
  • If you’ve been outside, change your clothing before going into your bedroom.
  • Wipe off any pets that have been outdoors.
  • If you’re at home on a high-pollen day, keep the windows closed and use the air conditioner, preferably one with a HEPA filter.

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