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Expert Advice on Handling Your Nasal Allergies

2. Keep Fido at Bay continued...

If you know it's Fido that’s making your nose run, it’s a good idea to mark your territory. “At minimum, keep them out of the bedroom,” Sublett says. “Definitely off the bed.”

Also groom your pet regularly, and do it outside of your home. Again, air filtration will help prevent the allergens from circulating throughout the house.

And if your reaction is severe, Sublett says you should seek immunotherapy, which harnesses your immune system to tame your allergy symptoms. “With animals, shots can be a game-changer,” he says.

3. Get Out of the House

You’ve got your home in order. But you need to get out and about! When you venture into the great outdoors, be smart about it.

Time your trips. For instance, Sublett says pollen counts are usually higher in the early- to mid-morning hours and let up as the day goes on. Pollen is always better after it rains. Mold, on the other hand, is worse after it rains, and in the evenings during periods of high humidity. Windy days, when allergens are stirred up, are not great for nasal allergies.

Hitting the road? When you go on vacation or for business, take your own pillow, encased in a dust-proof cover. Try to choose a hotel that doesn’t allow pets or smoking, since allergens can attach themselves to smoke particles.

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