Pollen Allergy Checklist

When you're in the thick of allergy season, don't let your symptoms follow you indoors. Take the steps on this checklist to leave pollen outside your home and away from your eyes and nose.

Keep windows shut. When you open them, it lets your allergy triggers in.

Use air-conditioning. It cools your home and filters some of those things that make you sneeze.

Clean and replace AC filters often. You'll be glad you did. Pollen can build up quickly on them.

Take off your shoes at the door. It will keep you from tracking in pollen.

Bathe your pets regularly. They can carry in allergy triggers on their coats.

Change clothes after being outside. Pollen sticks to your pants and shirts.

Wash your hair before bed. You'll keep allergens off your pillow.

Dry clothes in a dryer. Pollen sticks to clothes that are hung outside to dry.

Check pollen counts daily. Stay indoors when they're high.

Have medication on hand. Make sure you're ready before allergy season starts.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on November 17, 2018

Sources

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ACAAI: "Treating Eye Allergies," Pollen Allergy," "Ragweed Allergy."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Tips to Control Indoor Allergens," You Can Control Pollen Allergies.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Tips on How to Avoid Common Allergens."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Allergic Rhinitis: Prevention."

University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: "Sneezeless Landscaping, A Word About Lawns, Low Allergic Potential."

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