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Prepare Ahead of the
Allergy Season
What are you doing to PREP ?
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Prepare by educating yourself about causes

When you suffer from allergies, the symptoms you experience are the result of your body’s immune system reacting to allergens in the environment.

REview your seasonal allergy strategy

Before the next allergy season arrives, ask yourself the right questions: When are my allergies most severe? Is it at the same time every year?

Plan your appointment now

Once your allergist knows what allergens cause your symptoms, he or she can work with you to create a plan.

What can you do to help PREP for the next allergy season?

Prepare by educating yourself about the cause of seasonal allergies

Your body and allergic reactions

When you suffer from seasonal allergies, the symptoms you have are the result of your body’s immune system reacting to allergens in the environment. When you breathe in these allergens, your immune system forms antibodies that trigger a response. Your body produces chemical substances which cause allergy symptoms such as stuffy and runny nose, sneezing, or itchy eyes. These familiar allergy symptoms are actually signs of your immune system reacting to the allergen.

Are You Prepared?

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of children with seasonal allergies worry about a severe allergy season more than their child’s report card. However, only 22% of parents say that they typically discuss seasonal allergies with their child before they experience symptoms.*

According to an online survey, close to two-out-of-three adults with seasonal allergies have an idea when their symptoms will be most severe. Yet, over three-in-four sufferers think most about managing their seasonal allergies only when they experience symptoms or at the start of allergy season.*

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*According to a survey conducted online within the United States by Kelton on behalf of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America from August 6–August 21, 2015 of 1,083 participants in America who had been diagnosed with seasonal allergies, ages 18-65, and 534 parents of children with seasonal allergies, ages 5-17.

What can you do to help PREP for the next allergy season?

REview your seasonal allergy strategy

Before the next allergy season arrives, ask yourself these questions:

  • When are my allergies most severe? Is it at the same time every year?
  • Do I know what triggers my allergies, or am I just guessing?
  • How do my allergies affect me?
  • What have I done to manage my allergies in the past? .

Take the answers to these questions to an allergy specialist in your “off season” so he or she can work with you to help develop strategies or help develop a course of action in advance of your allergy season.  Some questions to consider asking your allergist may include:

  • What are the most likely causes of my seasonal allergies?
  • Will I need allergy tests?
  • What are the possible treatment options?
  • What things can I do that may help reduce or help prevent my symptoms?

An allergist may then be able to review some tips with you to help avoid the things that cause your allergy symptoms. Those tips could include:

  • Monitor the pollen count by checking weather reports.
  • Shower, change and wash clothes after spending time outdoors.
  • Keep your home and car windows closed.
  • Use air conditioning Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest.

An allergist may also discuss possible treatment options, which could include symptom-relieving medicines (available over-the-counter [OTC]) and by prescription [Rx]) and immunotherapy.

  • Symptom-relieving medications are delivered in the form of pills, eye drops and nasal sprays.
  • Immunotherapy is available in the form of allergy shots and sublingual tablets (taken under the tongue).

In a survey of allergy sufferers:

What can you do to help PREP for the next allergy season?

Plan your appointment NOW

Make an appointment with your allergy specialist today to start preparing for your allergy season before symptoms appear.

To help find an allergy specialist, please visit the Web sites of the:

  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) .
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) .
  • American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA)

Do You Have a Plan

adult patients would be most likely to visit a doctor about their seasonal allergies when they start experiencing symptoms or after symptoms have worsened.*

* According to a survey conducted online within the United States by Kelton on behalf of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America from August 6– August 21, 2015 of 1,083 participants in America who had been diagnosed with seasonal allergies, ages 18-65, and 534 parents of children with seasonal allergies, ages 5-17.