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If you’re one of the 36 million Americans suffering from seasonal allergies — the runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion — it’s time to reclaim the outdoors with five fast strategies for instant relief.

Because allergens can vary by region, it’s important to discover your triggers.

Experts state that common culprits include weed pollens like ragweed, a stubborn plant that grows easily in fields, along roadsides and in vacant lots. Each plant, having up to a billion lightweight pollen grains, can travel up to 400 miles. Many outside molds, which grow in heavy vegetation (that can increase after rain) have also been found to be common annoyances.

For some, man’s best friend may be at fault. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 10 percent of allergy sufferers are allergic to household pets. Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. About one in seven children between the age of 6 and 19 prove to be allergic to our fluffy friends.

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