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    • Check the weather. Your local weather report should say whether it’s a high or low pollen-count day. Pollen counts are higher when it’s warm, dry, and windy and lower when it’s cool, rainy, and wet. If you know it’s going to be a high-pollen day, stay inside as much as you can. The yard work can wait.
    • Keep pollen out. Instead of opening the windows in your car or at home, run your air conditioner with an HEPA filter to remove pollen from the air. Don’t hang your laundry on a line to dry or it will pick up pollen; use the dryer. If you’ve spent time outside, change your clothing, shower, and wash your hair before you get into bed. If you don't, you’ll transfer pollen to your pillow and blankets and breathe it in all night. If you let your pet spend time outside, don’t allow it into your bedroom.
    • Create a pollen buffer outside. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a hat to keep pollen off your hair.
    • Take medicine. When pollen counts are high, take your medication before you notice symptoms to stop them before they start.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on June 01, 2016
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