6 Ways to Prevent an Allergic Reaction

Both asthma and allergies can be controlled if you know how to prepare yourself. Read on for ways to treat allergic reactions before they get out of control.

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How you can prevent allergic reactions.

Thayer Gowdy

How you can prevent allergic reactions.

Over the past 30 years, there's been a worldwide increase in all kinds of allergies, and everything from air pollution and climate change to the overuse of antibiotics has been implicated. Researchers don't fully understand why some substances trigger allergies and others don't, or why some people are highly allergic and others are symptom-free. Read on to learn more about asthma and allergies, if your symptoms match up, and how to treat them.

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Be cautious of pollen count.

Alexandra Rowley

Be cautious of pollen count.

Check the pollen counts -- the amount of pollen in the air at any given time -- on TV or the radio or at pollen.com so you can plan your child's outside activities accordingly. (Pollen counts are highest at dusk.)

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Change clothes.

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Change clothes.

If your child does play outside, it's best to change her clothes as soon as she comes in.

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Mow your lawn.

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Mow your lawn.

Make sure to mow your lawn regularly to limit pollen that comes from grass.

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Close your windows.

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Close your windows.

Keep windows closed to prevent any extra pollen from getting in the house.

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Keep cool.

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Keep cool.

Use an air conditioner instead of a fan when pollen counts are high.

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Don't go green.

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Don't go green.

Avoid drying clothes outside during high pollen season.

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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