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Nine-year-old Spencer Levin sees his allergist once a month to get shots to help his hay fever.

"Sometimes I get swollen eyes, my nose gets plugged up, and my throat starts hurting."

New research finds more than 18% of kids and teens have hay fever and where the children live could increase their chances of seasonal allergies.

"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," says Dr. Jonathan Field of Beth Israel Medical Center.

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

People usually suffer with hay fever in the spring and fall months, but some suffer year-round.

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

"Once you're in for the day, we tell parents to have children shower, bathe, get rid of all the pollen, change clothing."

Mother Lori Levin says, "we do spend a lot of time indoors but we try to balance it."

Spencer's allergy shots have been helping, but he wasn't able to get one this time since he had a slight fever and sore throat.

Alaska, Montana and Vermont have the lowest population of children with the seasonal allergies. This new study is being presented at the annual meeting for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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