Lifestyle Changes to Manage Allergic Rhinitis
by Michael Jubinville, MPH
It is not always possible to get rid of all allergens. There are often steps you can take to lower exposure to them. It won't get rid of your allergies but may help to ease symptoms.
Control Dust Mites
Dust mites are a common problem at home. They are mainly found in bedding, curtains, and carpet.
To control dust mites:
Control Animal Dander
Animal fur doesn't cause allergies. It is a protein found in their saliva, urine, and flakes of skin. Steps that may help:
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. Have a professional come to clear them out. Steps that may help to prevent pests include:
Control Indoor Molds
The spores of molds and fungi thrive in warm, moist, and humid places. This can often cause problems for some people. To lower the number of indoor molds and fungi:
Avoid Airborne Irritants
Air irritants and pollutants can trigger an allergic reaction. Control airborne irritants that trigger your allergies by staying away from:
Keep Environments Clean and Dry
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:
Decrease Exposure to Outdoor Allergens
If you have problems with pollens, molds, or other outdoor allergens:
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 10/27/2020
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