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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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Allergy Tips for Outdoor Living

Try these tips to enjoy outdoor living, gardening, and hiking despite your allergies. Thick of It: Is the grass getting high? Wear a mask if you're mowing. Nothing fancy -- an inexpensive painter's mask works fine. High and Dry: Pollen counts are highest on hot, dry, windy days. Check the forecast before making plans. Good Scents, Bad Sense: Allergic to insect stings? Don't wear scented deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, or hair products. Carry an epi pen when hiking. Orange...

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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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