Surviving allergy season

(CNN) -- It's that time of year when itchy-sniffly and sneezy take over the body at the same time, allergy season.

"The most common allergen in the spring. First we see tree pollen and then following the tree pollen, we see grass pollen so that's usually the way the progression is," says Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist with Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year...and it's the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.

To help limit your exposure to these allergens, don't use a feather duster to clean. Use a wet cloth or paper towel instead.

Also, wear a face mask and gloves while cleaning and wash your hands thoroughly.

Make sure that your houseplants aren't pollinating.

Exercise at the right time. Different types of pollen peak at different times of day. So be sure to check the daily pollen count. You can find that at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's website.