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Can I prepare for allergy problems?

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If you have the same allergy at the same time every year -- ragweed in the fall or tree pollen in the spring -- get ahead of it. Ask your doctor if you can start taking allergy drugs about 2 weeks before you usually start sneezing, coughing, or itching. That way, you can stop them before they start.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Pollen;" "Outdoor Allergens: Tips to Remember;" "Ragweed Allergy;" and "Dust Allergy Management."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Air Pollution” and “Asthma Overview.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: "Pollen;" "Outdoor Allergens: Tips to Remember;" "Ragweed Allergy;" and "Dust Allergy Management."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Air Pollution” and “Asthma Overview.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on April 10, 2019

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