This could be the worst year ever for allergies! Because the warmer, wetter weather we’ve been having is a perfect recipe for tree pollen. And for the 1-in-5 people who suffer from seasonal allergies, this means your sniffling, sneezing, and wheezing could last well into October! So, here’s a list of some proven ways to combat seasonal allergies according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:

  • See an allergist – they can help you pinpoint your allergy problems, and recommend treatments to fix them! That way, you won’t be throwing your money away on things that only cover up your symptoms – like nasal sprays and decongestants. To find an allergist near you, go to allergyandasthmarelief.org.

  • Treat your allergy symptoms early. Meaning, don’t wait for your watery eyes and sneezing to become unbearable before taking action. Experts say if allergy medicines have worked for you in the past – then start using them again now, before allergy season is in full swing.

  • Pay attention to the weather. Because pollen and mold levels tend to be the highest following wet weather, and when they go up, allergy symptoms do too! So, stay indoors as much as possible, and consider using a pollen-tracking app, like the one at pollen.com.

  • When you’re outside, wear sunglasses. That’s to keep airborne pollen from entering your eyes.

  • Remember that some seasonal allergies come from your food. Because anything that grows on trees – including apples, pears, cherries, and walnuts – contains pollen. For those, experts say cooking or peeling the food can reduce allergy symptoms. Also, add more broccoli, citrus fruits, and collared greens to your diet. Studies show that they contain compounds proven to boost our immune system, and help relieve hay fever permanently!