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by Allen J. Sheinman | October 01, 2011

Fall is here, and with it, lots of new pollens to set off allergic reactions. Here are some tips for avoiding the worst of the season, courtesy the Discovery Channel.

• Pollen counts soar on warm, dry, breezy days. The best times to be outdoors are early mornings, evenings, during/after rain, or on dry, humid or windless days.

• Use your air conditioners -- they filter out pollens. When driving, use the AC on the recirculate setting; have the car's system serviced regularly to remove mold and dust.

• Use a saltwater rinse or over-the-counter nasal spray to help clear nasal passages.

• Avoid contact lenses when the pollen count is high; pollen can get under the lenses and irritate your eyes.