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Heading to the beach this summer? Before you leave, make sure you check for beach closures or hazard warnings.

Starting a Summer Job? Know Your Rights

Summer is the perfect time for students to take a break from the books and go make some money. A summer job teaches responsibility, discipline, and money management. USA.gov has some great resources to help get teens and young adults started, along with reminders about youth labor laws and safety:


For more information, visit our Youth Employment page.

How to Treat Pollen Allergies in the Summer

Pollen is the main trigger of allergies in the summer. Pollen allergies can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing and itchiness in the nose, eyes and throat.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, about 35 million Americans suffer from pollen allergy, commonly known as hay fever.

Follow these tips to prevent or treat this type of allergies.

Allergy prevention

  • Limit your outdoor activities in the mornings, a time when pollen levels are at their highest.
  • Take a shower and change clothes at home if you were outdoors. This will help clear out any pollen left on your hair, body and clothing.
  • Avoid hanging your clothes to dry outdoors.
  • Keep your home and car windows closed on sunny, windy days. If possible, use air conditioning.
  • Avoid mowing the lawn or sweeping the deck or patio too often.

Allergy medicine

Certain medicines may help alleviate symptoms of allergies or allergic rhinitis. Talk to your doctor about the right allergy medications for you. 

Some common allergy medications include:

  • Nasal and oral decongestants
  • Antihistamines in pill, syrup, or drop form
  • Nasal sprays, with or without corticosteroid

Allergy tests

If your symptoms are too difficult to manage with medication, your doctor can perform a skin allergy test to get a more accurate diagnosis. Based on the results, the doctor will prescribe the proper course of treatment.

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Having friends or family visiting from abroad? Help them prepare with this guide for international travelers.

Avoid Airport Security Check-In Delays

Summer is a busy season for travel. If you have air travel plans over the last few weeks of summer, take a look at the Transportation Security Administration’s summer travel information.

It includes a checklist (PDF) with tips on packing and reminders of what to do at the security checkpoint. Being prepared may help you avoid unnecessary delays.