As the calendar inches toward spring, you might be enjoying the last few weeks of your life without seasonal allergy symptoms. But instead of just waiting for the sneezing, itching, and congestion to start all over again, here’s an idea: Use the tail end of winter to get ready for allergy season.

As it turns out, there are plenty of things you can be doing right now to make allergy season more bearable. “In my practice, patients are instructed to go on allergy alert a few weeks before the season starts,” says Dr. Clifford Bassett, MD, author of The New Allergy Solution.

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