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In the Car

  • Keep windows closed and set the air conditioner to use recirculated air if you are allergic to pollen.
  • Don't permit smoking in the car.


  • Minimize walks in wooded areas or gardens.
  • Check the forecast. Stay indoors as much as possible on hot, dry, windy days, when pollen counts are generally the highest.
  • Try to avoid extreme temperature changes -- they are triggers for some people with asthma.
  • If possible, stay indoors between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., when outdoor pollen counts are usually highest.
  • Wear a mask (such as an inexpensive painter's mask) when mowing the lawn if you are allergic to grass pollen or mold. Avoid mowing and being around freshly cut grass if possible.
  • Wear a mask when gardening, as flowers and some weeds release pollen and can cause allergy symptoms.
  • Avoid raking leaves or working with hay or mulch if you are allergic to mold.
  • After being outdoors, take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes to remove pollen that may have collected in your clothes and hair.
  • To protect yourself from insect stings, wear shoes, long pants and sleeves, and do not wear scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products.
  • If you have severe allergies and your doctor has prescribed an epinephrine injector kits, carry it with you at all times.
  • Don't hang clothes or linens out to dry, as pollen and molds may collect in them.


  • Pack your medicines with you in your carry-on bag.
  • Bring an extra supply of medicines 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.


  • Eat in smoke-free restaurants.
  • For food allergies, avoid the foods that cause your allergy symptoms by carefully reading ingredient labels and asking about the food preparation methods when dining out. Choose fresh foods rather than prepared or processed foods. If you have severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis, ask your doctor about an epinephrine injection kit that you can carry at all times. Ask how many kits you should have and where they should be kept.
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