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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Spring and fall can be a miserable time of year if you’re one of the nearly 50 million adults and children with hay fever.

A new study shows the climate where you live could play a role in your child’s risk of having the problem. Researchers found that more than 18 percent of kids and teens have hay fever.

Wetter regions with average humidity had lower numbers of allergic children.

“Living in areas in the south and southeast correlated with higher degrees of allergies, felt to be related to high temperature, high pollen, and actually mold as well,” said Dr. Jonathan Field of Beth Israel Medical Center.

He suggests kids stay indoors during the peak hours of pollen season, like late morning.

Alaska, Montana and Vermont have the lowest population of children with the seasonal allergies

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