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Is It Pollen, or Something Else?

If your symptoms happen every so often in spring, summer, or early fall, you may have seasonal allergies. Tree pollen is a problem in spring, grass pollen in summer, and weeds in fall.

If you have symptoms year-round, you may be allergic to dust mites, pet dander, or mold and mildew. Mold spores can also be a problem outdoors, usually when weather is warm and humid.

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Tips to Ease Indoor Allergies at Home

Try these simple tips to control allergens that may lurk in your home. Shower Power: Pollen sticks to everything. Shower, wash hair, and change clothing if you've been outdoors during heavy pollen times. Sleep's Secrets: Sleep relieves stress and helps your body heal when fighting allergy symptoms.  Fixer Upper: Updating your house? Hardwood floors are a great amenity -- and perfect for allergy-prone families. TLC for the AC: Don't take your air conditioner for granted. Change...

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It’s possible to have both kinds of allergies. Your doctor can help you figure out more exactly what you’re allergic to.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on November 06, 2012

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