Self-help: Preventing Allergic Rhinitis

The following measures are all aimed at maintaining an allergen-free environment in your home. Tips on preventing perennial allergic rhinitis include:

  • Avoid keeping furry animals as pets if you are allergic to them.

  • Replace pillows and quilts containing animal materials such as duck feathers with those containing synthetic stuffing.

  • Cover mattresses with plastic.

  • Remove dust-collecting items such as upholstered furniture and curtains if possible.

To help prevent the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, the following measures may be effective:

  • Avoid areas with long grass or where grass is being cut.

  • In summer, keep doors and windows closed and spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned buildings.

  • Try to stay inside during late morning and early evening when the pollen count is highest.

  • Make sure your car is fitted with an effective pollen filter.

  • When outside, wear sunglasses to help to prevent eye irritation.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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