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If you suffer from allergies, you should take your medicine about two weeks before symptoms normally start--in the case of ragweed, that is mid-August.
So if you are allergic to ragweed pollen, meds need to start around the first of August.
A single ragweed plant can release a million grains of pollen a day. Wind can carry this 100 miles--so windy days heighten the effect.
Mold is also a menace and there can be more mold spores than pollen grains.
--Take meds before the season starts and keep on them two weeks after pollen counts go down.
--Keep car and house windows closed to keep out pollen.
--Leave your shoes at the door, take a shower and change clothes after working or play outside.
--Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mark when mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor chores. Take appropriate medication beforehand.
--See an allergist if you don't have one. The allergist can identify your triggers and provide appropriate shots.
These shots can even prevent asthma in children.
Now's the time...