Across the United States, more than half the population tests positive for one or more allergens—and pollen is among the most common allergens people have sensitivities to. Unfortunately, pollen becomes increasingly present in the air during certain times of the year—particularly during the spring and summer months. If you're one of many people who is allergic to pollen, the good news is there are steps you can take to be less miserable during the upcoming pollen season.

Find a Reliable Pollen Count Resource

The key to avoiding exposure to high levels of pollen is to find a reputable source you can rely on to check local pollen counts on a daily basis. Your local weather/news station will likely have the information you need and should be decently accurate. There are also free websites, such as, that will email you a daily pollen prediction each morning.

Plan Outdoor Time Accordingly

On days when pollen counts are higher, you may want to avoid going outdoors and instead stay inside with your windows closed and air conditioning on. If you must venture outside on these days, do so wisely. Pollen counts tend to be highest during the early morning hours, so try to go outdoors later in the afternoon or evening instead.

Change Clothes Once You Get Inside

After being outside, do your best to avoid bringing pollen in with you by changing your clothes once you get back home. If you have longer hair that may have picked up pollen, it may also be a good idea to rinse it clean. Another important tip to keep in mind if you have dogs that spend time outdoors is to wipe them down with a towel when they come indoors to remove any excess pollen and prevent it from being dragged into your home.

Don't Wait to Take Allergy Medicine

One of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to pollen allergies is waiting until they feel miserable to take their allergy medications. On days when pollen counts are going to be high, go ahead and take your medication first thing in the morning so you can avoid those symptoms in the first place.

Pollen allergies can be a real hassle, but the good news is that there are ways to make pollen and allergy season less miserable. Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you prepare for the coming warmer months.