Tips for Managing Your Seasonal or Not-So-Seasonal Allergies

For the more than 35-million Americans who have allergies, it seems as if there are only two seasons: allergy season and winter (unless you have allergies to dust and mold, then it’s all year long).

According to UW Health Allergist, Mark Moss, MD, there are actually three allergy seasons –

  1. Spring – when trees begin to bud and flower.
  2. Late spring – when the grasses join in.
  3. Late summer / early fall – when ragweed starts.

Dr. Moss recommends ways you can help ease your allergy symptoms:

  • Try to stay indoors when the pollen or mold levels are high. Visit to see the pollen counting station for UW-Madison. It is one of three in Wisconsin that reports to the National Allergy Bureau.
  • Wear a pollen mask if you need to be outside for a long time (when you mow the lawn or work in the yard). Be sure to shower or change clothes afterward.

Source: Mark Moss, MD (2012), “Tips for Managing Your Seasonal Allergies” (accessed 01/26/2017), available at

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