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Health Tip: Avoid Outdoor Allergens
(HealthDay News) -- The great outdoors is rife with allergens that make your eyes itchy, red and watery.
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests how to help protect against outdoor allergens:
Get a head start on allergy season by taking your allergy medications a week or two before the season starts.
If you plan to hike or camp, avoid scheduling trips during times of high pollen counts (May and June for grasses, September and October for ragweed).
Stay away from hay and barns, and avoid activities such as raking leaves and mowing the grass.
Wear sunglasses to help keep pollen out of the eyes.
When you come back indoors, shower and wash your hair to remove pollen.
Close doors and windows during pollen seasons.