Lifestyle Changes to Manage Allergic Rhinitis
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
There are many types of allergens, so it's not possible to get rid of all of them. There are steps you can take to lower the number in your environment. This will help lower the chances of having a reaction. Be aware these won't get rid of your allergies. You risk a reaction each time you are in contact with allergens that cause problems for you.
In your home, dust mites may cause you problems. They are mainly found in bedding, curtains, and carpeting.
To control dust mites:
Animal fur doesn't cause allergies. There's a protein in their saliva, urine, and flakes of skin. If you have problems because of pets, you can:
In some cases, the only way to solve this problem is to take the pet out of your home.
Cockroaches and mice cause allergies and asthma. If this is a problem in your home, try to hire an exterminator.
You can also try to:
The spores of molds and fungi thrive in warm, moist, and humid places. This can often cause problems for some. To lower the number of indoor molds and fungi:
Air irritants and pollutants can trigger an allergic reaction. You can do the following to help reduce your exposure to airborne irritants:
Control airborne irritants that trigger your allergies by staying away from:
Nearly all allergens thrive in moist, damp, or dirty places. One of the best ways to lower your chances of allergic rhinitis is to keep these places clean and dry. You can do this by using:
If you have problems with pollens, molds, or other outdoor allergens:
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Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 10/16/2018
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