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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 late spring and 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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Fragrance Allergies: A Sensory Assault

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? You catch a whiff of a co-worker's new fragrance, and within minutes, you have a whopper of a headache. You pop open that new bottle of dish-washing liquid, and by the time you've washed the pots and pans, your hands and arms are covered in hives. You walk into a friend's home and smell freshly baked pumpkin pie. Only after you start sneezing uncontrollably and feeling dizzy, weak, and sick to your stomach do you learn she hasn't been baking --...

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

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on December 02, 2014

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