Spring is in the air! That means it's time to wave goodbye to the winter blues, and say hello to longer days, warmer weather and, of course, baseball. But as we slide into the new season, it's important to remember that allergy season is also on deck—with grass pollen being one of the main opponents. 1 That's why we've put together an allergen scouting report to help you prepare.

MEET THE ALLERGERN ALL-STARS

Whether you're heading out to the ballpark or just playing around in the sandlot, here are some of the most common grass allergens 2 you and your little leaguers could be facing.

THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE

Now that you know the opponents, here are some tips to help prevent grass allergies from flaring up, so you can come out victorious when you take the field.

KNOW THE SIGNS

If you're bothered by frequent sneezing, nasal congestion, an itchy throat, runny nose or watery eyes, you could be experiencing the symptoms 6 of seasonal allergies related to pollen.

VISIT YOUR SPECIALIST

Knowing what's causing your allergy symptoms will help you determine which allergy medicine is right for you, and help level the playing field.

RAIN DELAYS ARE A-OKAY

When it comes to pollen, rain is your teammate. Rain helps to clear the air of pollen, reducing your exposure to allergens. 7

CHECK THE COUNT

Similar to the way a manager monitors the pitch count, it helps to keep on eye on the pollen count before you hit the field. Use The Weather Channel Allergy Tracker, brought to you in partnership with FLONASE® Allergy Relief, to get a detailed, local allergy forecast in your area.

HIT THE SHOWERS

After a game or once you're done playing, make sure to change out of your clothes and take a shower. Doing so will rinse off any tagalong pollen from your hair and skin.

TAKE AN EARLY LEAD

If you feel your allergies symptoms kicking in, meet them head-on by treating them as soon as they start. New FLONASE® SENSIMIST™ Allergy Relief Nasal Spray delivers a gentle mist spray to provide powerful relief right at the source, while treating your nose- and eye-related allergy sysmptoms.*

*FLONASE® SENSIMIST™ is indicated for itchy, watery eyes in adults and children 12 years of age and older. See product pages for full information.

Follow this game plan, have fun and keep your head in the game. There's no need for sneezing in baseball!