he smell of spring is in the air and that can only mean that pollen and ragweed are, too. These airborne allergens are responsible for the watery eyes, sneezing and runny nose we associate with spring allergies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20 million adults and more than 6 million children suffer from seasonal allergies, making many people dread the changing of the seasons.

But all is not lost. Dr. Mary Ann Michelis, chief of Allergy & Immunology at Hackensack Meridian Health, helped Best of NJ compile five easy tips to alleviate the symptoms of allergy season.

Avoid Your Allergy Triggers

Keep track of the daily pollen count, and when it’s elevated, do your best to stay inside. “Start outdoor activities after 10 a.m. since the highest pollen counts tend to be between 5 and 10 in the morning,” suggests Michelis. “If you need to garden, rake or mow lawns, wearing a mask can prevent inhaling pollens.”

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