Allergy Lifestyle Management Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by Carah B. Santos, MD (November 01, 2016) In addition to medical treatment, a person living with allergies can improve symptoms by avoiding allergens, which are the proteins that trigger allergies. Allergen Avoidance The best way to treat allergy symptoms is to avoid allergens. This is easy to say but can be hard to do, as completely eliminating microscopic allergens, such as pollen or mold spores, may be impossible. However, even reducing the amount of exposure to allergens in your environment can lead to a significant decrease in symptoms, the need for fewer medicines and a higher quality of life; this is called environmental control. After identifying what you are allergic to, focus your attention on those places where you spend the most time. These may include your house, place of work or car. The bedroom is especially important, because people usually spend a third to half of their time there. Learn how to reduce allergen exposure, based on your type of allergy. Animal allergy Dust mite allergy Insect sting allergy Food allergy Latex allergy Medication allergy Mold allergy Pollen allergy Seasonal Tips Learn ways to manage your allergies during certain times of the year. Spring Allergy Tips Summer Allergy Tips Winter Allergy Tips Holiday Allergy Tips HEPA Filters One way to limit exposure to airborne allergens and irritants is the use of a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter. However, neither a freestanding HEPA filter nor a HEPA filter attached to a vacuum cleaner is a substitute for standard medical treatment. View Allergy Home Allergy Treatment Allergy FAQ Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.