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Avoidance is key for environmental allergy sufferers

Environmental allergies are annoying, but in reality, most people can handle itchy eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats with help from OTC medication or by installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus for relief at home. Such steps are the best options, since clinics around the nation are full of patients looking to ease their side effects, even though avoidance is truly the best medicine, CBS affiliate WJZ 13 reports. 

The news outlet spoke with Dr. Julia Montejo, an allergist at Fairview Clinics in Minnesota, who said that pollen counts are currently higher than they've been in recent years and that issues like grass and ragweed will be sticking around for longer than usual, meaning allergy patients are likely to feel the effects more than they have in the past. 

Though staying inside more frequently during peak allergy season is the biggest tip Montejo offers, she added that finding an allergist is another important step. This way, people are able to figure out exactly what they're allergic to and can work harder to avoid certain places like baseball fields or parks, if they are found to be severely allergic to specific environmental  factors.

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