Tips

Tips for reducing the exposure to common allergens

* Wear a pollen mask when mowing grass or house cleaning (most drugstores sell them).
* Change the air filters regularly in heating and air conditioning systems, and/or install an air purifier.
* Keep windows and doors closed during heavy pollen seasons.
* Rid the home of sources of mildew.
* Don’t allow dander-producing animals (i.e., cats, dogs, etc.) into the home and bedroom.
* Change feather pillows, woolen blankets, and woolen clothing to cotton or synthetic materials.
* Enclose mattress, box springs, and pillows in plastic barrier cloth.
* Use antihistamines and decongestants as necessary and as tolerated.
* Sleep with the head of the bed tilted upward. Elevating the head of the bed helps relieve nasal congestion.
* Observe general good health practices: exercise daily, do not smoke, avoid air pollutants, eat a balanced diet, and supplement diet with vitamins, especially C.
* Use a humidifier in the winter. Be sure to clean the humidifier regularly to avoid mold build-up.
* Discuss hay fever and allergy symptoms with a health care provider when experiencing an allergic reaction.Tips for reducing the exposure to common allergens
* Wear a pollen mask when mowing grass or house cleaning (most drugstores sell them).
* Change the air filters regularly in heating and air conditioning systems, and/or install an air purifier.
* Keep windows and doors closed during heavy pollen seasons.
* Rid the home of sources of mildew.
* Don’t allow dander-producing animals (i.e., cats, dogs, etc.) into the home and bedroom.
* Change feather pillows, woolen blankets, and woolen clothing to cotton or synthetic materials.
* Enclose mattress, box springs, and pillows in plastic barrier cloth.
* Use antihistamines and decongestants as necessary and as tolerated.
* Sleep with the head of the bed tilted upward. Elevating the head of the bed helps relieve nasal congestion.
* Observe general good health practices: exercise daily, do not smoke, avoid air pollutants, eat a balanced diet, and supplement diet with vitamins, especially C.
* Use a humidifier in the winter. Be sure to clean the humidifier regularly to avoid mold build-up.
* Discuss hay fever and allergy symptoms with a health care provider when experiencing an allergic reaction.

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