Allergic rhinitis results in symptoms of sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose.
However, you can control these symptoms with medicine and by avoiding the
things that cause them (allergens). If you are allergic to
indoor allergens, such as
animal dander, and mold, you can take some simple
steps to get them out of your house.
By taking these precautions,
you may have fewer symptoms or less severe symptoms.
To avoid allergens in your home,
you need to try to identify what you are allergic to. Work with your doctor to
find this out. With this knowledge, you can cut back on the allergens in your
home. For example, you may be allergic to your pet. You can then decide what
steps to take, such as keeping your pet outside or limiting your pet to certain
areas of your home.
Many of these steps are simple and are easy to
do. Others may mean changes to your home and furnishings—such as removing
carpeting or adding an air-conditioning system—that can be costly or difficult
to do. If you live in a rented apartment or house, you may not be able to make
some changes. You will need to decide which ones you can do. Try to use as many
of them as you can.
Test Your Knowledge
Many steps for controlling allergens in your home are
simple and easy to do.
If you have questions
about this information, take a printout with you when you visit your doctor.
You may want to mark areas or make notes where you have questions. Your doctor
may have more ideas on how you can control allergens in your home.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.