Avoid them. Fight them. Whatever you do: survive.

If you suffer from debilitating fall allergies, you probably start worrying about them as temperatures drop and the leaves change color. But that’s too late—the allergens that get your nose running and eyes itching begin to fill the air long before the end of September.

“Fall allergies begin in early August and continue until the first frost, which usually is in November,” says Dr. Satish Govindaraj, head of the rhinology division at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

That could mean three or four months of misery if you’re unprepared, so it’s important to know what’s behind this assault on your senses and how to keep yourself from sneezing your way to the holidays.

Judyta Dulnik [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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