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How can I avoid pollen?

To reduce your exposure to pollen:

• Keep windows in your house and car closed.

• During allergy seasons, limit outdoor activities on windy days and when pollen counts are high.

• Keep lawns short (no more than 2 inches high) to minimize flowering. Make sure your yard is free of weeds such as pigweed and ragweed.

• Use central air conditioning -- or at least a room air conditioner -- to stay cool indoors. If you can’t get rid of your swamp cooler, a HEPA filter may help reduce pollen.
  • Keep windows closed and use an air conditioner in your home and car.
  • Pollen counts are highest between 5am-10am so limit outdoor activities at this time.
  • Do not hang laundry outside to dry.
  • Shower after spending time outdoors as pollen can remain on your clothes and in your hair.
  • Use a high-efficiency particulate accumulator (HEPA) air purifier or a HEPA filter for your air conditioner.

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