6 Ways to Prevent an Allergic Reaction

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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.
Thayer Gowdy
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.

Alexandra Rowley
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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Fancy Photography/ Veer

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.

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

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Fancy Photography/Veer

Close your windows.

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

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Fancy Photography/Veer

Keep cool.

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

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Don't go green.

Avoid drying clothes outside during high pollen season.

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