A 24-Hour Guide to Fighting Allergies

Beat itchy eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose with these dawn-to-dusk fixes.

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Round-the-clock remedies

by Nicole DeCoursy Mead

Now that hay fever season has hit, your first instinct might be to pop a Claritin. It's not a bad one: "If you have allergies, one of the best things you can do is start medications early, even before your symptoms kick in," says Neeta Ogden, MD, an allergist in New York City.

But, she adds, it's also crucial to make tweaks to your daily routine to avoid whatever sparks your symptoms. Read on for easy, effective ways to keep sniffles at bay 24/7.

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