Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
To limit your exposure to pollen, keep your windows closed at home and in the car, and keep the air conditioner on - it will help filter pollen. When you do venture out, wear wrap-around sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes, and a hat to keep pollen out of your hair. When you come back in, change your clothes. And try to avoid rubbing your eyes, it just causes further swelling and redness.
The worst allergy sufferers should avoid being outside when ragweed is most likely to release pollen, between the hours of 10:00 and 4:00. This plant will no longer be a menace after the first frost.
Eighty percent of patients with seasonal allergies experience sleep problems which can lead to fatigue, loss of concentration and poor performance at work or school.