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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:

Preventing allergic rhinitis
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  • 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.

 

Posted 09.09.2010

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