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What can be done to minimize allergies during periods of high pollen?

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WebMD allergy consultant Paul Enright, MD, an Arizona-based pulmonologist, says it's important for children with allergies to avoid pollen when possible. Here's what Enright suggests to lighten your child's allergy load during pollen season:

  • If the child is allergic to outdoor allergens (ragweed or other weeds, grasses, trees), determine when they are in bloom. You can ask your allergist, or check your daily newspaper or a weather web site for the latest pollen count.  
  • In addition, keep the child indoors whenever possible and close the windows of the home to reduce outdoor allergens from coming indoors. 
  • You may also consider running a HEPA room air cleaner in the child's bedroom; minimize cats and dogs coming indoors from outdoors (even if the child is not allergic to the pet), since their fur accumulates pollen and other outdoor allergens. 

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