Understanding Hay Fever -- Prevention

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on May 10, 2019

You may have higher odds of getting hay fever because of your genes. But you can avoid a lot of the sneezy, itchy, congested grief with some simple steps.

The best way to keep your symptoms in check is to steer clear of the things that trigger them. Cut down on potential allergens by keeping your home clean and your yard neat. If you have severe allergies, don’t try to do either of those yourself.

When you are outside, wear a hat with a brim to protect your face and hair. When you go inside, wash your face and hands, and change your shirt. Shower at night. .

Give your immune system a boost, too. Eat healthy and get exercise.

Also, consider meeting with an allergist for specific recommendations that may help you.

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