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( — According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, it may not just be the season that is aggravating your allergies, causing you to sneeze and wheeze through the spring months. Your allergies might be in high gear because of a few simple mistakes you are making.

BDO recommends the following tips to prevent symptoms as allergy season kicks into high gear:

• Don’t assume you know exactly what you are allergic to. More than two-thirds of people who think their allergies only occur during the spring season actually have year-round allergies. An allergist can pinpoint the source of your allergic reactions and recommend the right treatment.

• Don’t buy over-the-counter medications before you know that they can alleviate your allergy symptoms. Consult an allergist to determine which treatment options are best for you. Immunotherapy using nasal spray or shots may even get rid of your allergies permanently.

• Don’t wait until symptoms are full-blown to take allergy medications. Before the spring allergy season starts, begin taking a medication that’s worked for you in the past.