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Pollen is getting the best of many people this season

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Pollen may seem more intense this year though an expert said it's not any worse than years past.

Car washes can seem pointless and going outside can be overwhelming if you're allergic. Relief is coming, but how early you get that relief depends on the type of pollen you're allergic to.

James Bonner, an allergist with the Alabama Allergy and Asthma Center said, "If you're allergic to trees you can anticipate the next two to three weeks you're going to get better, but at the same time the tree pollen goes away the grass pollen appears. Some people are allergic to one or the other; some people are allergic to both. If it's grass pollen, your problems may not be gone until June.

Here are a few tips to reduce your pollen exposure:  experts say it's best to schedule your outdoor activities during the very early morning or late evening hours; use an air conditioner at home instead of opening windows and doors; also, keep pets off of furniture, specifically, "beds" after they've been outside.

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