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Which is most likely to cause allergies?

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Which is most likely to cause allergies?

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Many fruit trees and plants with colorful flowers, such as roses and daffodils, have larger pollen grains that don't blow around. You don't need to worry about them. It's the tiny pollen that you can't see that causes sneezing and itchy, runny noses.

 

Pollen isn't the only problem, though. Some people are allergic to molds from compost and bark mulch as it breaks down. Buy finished compost if you have a mold allergy.

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If you're allergic to ragweed, you might not want to eat:

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If you're allergic to ragweed, you might not want to eat:

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This pesky weed, which grows across the U.S., bothers 75% of Americans with pollen allergies.

 

If you're one of them, watch what you eat and drink. Bananas, cucumbers, zucchini, melons, and sunflower seeds can make you itch and swell around your mouth, especially during ragweed season. Your body confuses the proteins in these foods with the proteins in ragweed.

Can showering at night can relieve allergy symptoms?

Can showering at night can relieve allergy symptoms?

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Bathe before bedtime to wash off pollen that might be in your hair and on your skin, to keep it off your pillow and sheets.

 

When you’ve been outside during a high pollen count, change your clothes near your washing machine if you can. Put them in the laundry before you rinse yourself off. You'll avoid bringing pollen throughout the house.

 

Keep windows and doors shut, and use an air conditioner with a HEPA filter.

Pollen allergies are only a problem in the spring and fall.

Pollen allergies are only a problem in the spring and fall.

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Trees put out pollen in the late winter and spring. Grasses release their pollen in the late spring and summer. Weeds cause hay fever, the common name for seasonal allergies, in the late summer and fall. Some people are allergic to the pollen of cedar trees, which peaks in late winter as well as spring.

 

Warmer winters cause trouble for people with spring allergies. Their symptoms start earlier.

When should you avoid going outside if you have pollen allergies?

When should you avoid going outside if you have pollen allergies?

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Pollen levels are usually highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Plan outdoor activities for the afternoon, if you can.

 

Warm, dry, and breezy days are good for pollen to travel. Rain washes it away, and counts are usually lowest during or just after rain.

How long before allergy shots help you feel better?

How long before allergy shots help you feel better?

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Don't expect to feel better right after getting your first allergy shot. Everybody reacts differently, but it usually takes 4 to 6 months of shots -- once or twice weekly at first, then less often -- before you feel any relief. For most people, symptoms get better after the first year.

 

Allergy shots have a small amount of the thing you're allergic to, so your body can slowly get used to it and stop reacting.

How long can you use over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays for relief?

How long can you use over-the-counter decongestant nasal sprays for relief?

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Decongestant OTC sprays can actually stop working. When the effects wear off, the tissue inside your nose and sinuses may swell more. Use spray again to try to clear that up, and you could start a cycle of making it worse.

 

OTC sprays with steroids don't have this rebound effect.

 

If stuffiness is an ongoing problem, talk to your doctor about a spray to lessen swelling and ease congestion. You may need a prescription.

What can you wear to protect your eyes from pollen?

What can you wear to protect your eyes from pollen?

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Sunglasses can shield your eyes from more than the sun. If your eyes get watery or itchy, a hat with a wide brim will help, too. Use saline drops after being outdoors to wash away pollen from the lining of your eyes.

Moving to a different city will solve your allergy problems.

Moving to a different city will solve your allergy problems.

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Although a vacation might give you a break, a permanent relocation won't make your allergies go away. While moving may clear up symptoms at first, within a few years, you're likely to develop allergies to grasses, trees, and other plants near your new home. Some allergy-causing plants grow all over the U.S., making them tough to escape.

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