I heard a joke the other day that Wee-Chee-tah, in the language of the Native Americans who lived in this area long before it was settled by us palefaces, literally translates to "Land Of The Sick Head". It seems like allergies go hand in hand with living in Wichita Falls. However, if you don't make these allergy mistakes, the physical symptoms can be greatly reduced.

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    Not Taking Medication Until You Have Symptoms.

    Almost every kind of allergy pill is designed to PREVENT symptoms rather than TREAT them. So if you had symptoms YESTERDAY, plan ahead and take a pill now so you don't have them TODAY. And pay attention to the pollen count, which you can check at Weather.com or Pollen.com.

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    Exercising in the Morning.

    Plants start releasing pollen at sunrise, and pollen levels peak in the late morning and early afternoon. So if you want to go jogging, you're better off waiting until the sun goes down.

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    Keeping Your EpiPen in the Car.

    If you have SEVERE allergies and have to carry an EpiPen around, big temperature swings can make it less effective. So don't leave it in the car . . . especially when summer gets here. You're supposed to always keep it at room temperature, and check the label every year to make sure it's not expired.

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    Sleeping with Your Pets.

    Even if you're not allergic to animals, they can bring in pollen, dust, and mold on their fur. So don't let them sleep with you . . . and keep them out of your bedroom during the day.

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    Using the Wrong Pillow.

    Even if it didn't USED to give you allergies, it might start to after you've had it a while. Feathers in a down pillow or comforter can be really tough on allergies, and they're even WORSE once they get old and start breaking down. That's why you're better off with a synthetic pillow. And you can protect yourself even more by getting pillow covers that don't let dust mites through.

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    Having Too Much Clutter.

    Soft things like stuffed animals are the worst, because they're like dust magnets. So if anyone in your house has allergies . . . especially your kids . . . you should think about limiting them to a FEW stuffed animals instead of a PILE of them.

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