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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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Blocking Allergy Symptoms: How Pretreatment Works

For lots of people, allergy treatment is reactive. You get stuffed up, your eyes water, and then you go to the medicine cabinet for relief. But many doctors say that we’ve got it the wrong way around. Instead, we should be taking the medicine before we have symptoms. Call it allergy pretreatment. “We always tell people to start taking medicine before the allergy season begins,” says Jonathan A. Bernstein MD, an allergist and professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati. “People...

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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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