People who have allergies should take a shower after spending any time outdoors during pollen season. Pollen can collect on your skin and hair, prolonging your exposure and allergic reaction to it.

Also: Be sure to wash your hair to remove pollen, so it won't fall onto your pillow.

Hay fever symptoms include stuffy nose... sneezing. . .and itchy eyes.

The hours between mid- and late-afternoon (when pollen levels are lowest) are the best times for outdoor activities.

Worst offenders: Trees in the spring and grasses in the summer.

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