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Dr. John Villacis, an ADC allergist and immunologist, says that if you know you’re allergic to something, sometimes starting an allergy medication is helpful.

“Being aware of what’s coming up is really the major thing,” he said. “Because if you know that you have ragweed allergy, for example, I have a lot of patients that start medications in mid-August and they do really well. They don’t have to be on allergy shots.”