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    In the Car

    • Keep windows closed, and set the air conditioner to use recirculated air if you’re allergic to pollen.
    • Don't let anyone smoke.

    In the Great Outdoors

    • Take fewer walks in wooded areas or gardens.
    • Check the forecast. Stay indoors as much as possible on hot, dry, windy days, when pollen counts are highest.
    • Try to avoid extreme temperature changes -- they can triggers asthma.
    • If you can, stay inside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when outdoor pollen counts are highest.
    • Wear a mask (a cheap painter's mask is OK) when you mow if you’re allergic to grass pollen or mold. But skip the task if someone else can do it. It smells great, but keep your distance from freshly cut grass, too, if you can.
    • Wear a mask in the garden. Flowers and weeds both give off pollen.
    • Don’t rake leaves or work with hay or mulch if you’re allergic to mold.
    • When you come back inside, take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes. That’ll get rid of pollen that may have collected in your clothes and hair.
    • To protect yourself from insect stings, wear shoes, long pants, and sleeves. Don’t use scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products.
    • If you have severe allergies and your doctor has prescribed an epinephrine injector kit, carry it with you at all times.
    • Don't hang clothes or linens out to dry. They’ll collect pollen and mold.

    On the Road

    • Pack medicines in your carry-on bag.
    • Bring an extra supply of meds in case you need them.

    Staying in a Hotel

    • Ask for a nonsmoking room.
    • Remove feather pillows and ask for synthetic, nonallergenic pillows. Or bring your own plastic pillow cover from home.
    • If possible, keep the vent on the room air conditioner shut.

    Out for Dinner

    • Choose smoke-free restaurants.
    • Avoid ingredients that trigger your food allergies. Read menus carefully and ask your sever how the dish is made. Choose fresh foods over prepared or processed ones. If you have an epinephrine shot kit, keep it with you at all times. If your doctor has prescribed two, keep them both nearby.
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