Allergy: Lifestyle Management

Reviewed by Carah B. Santos, MD

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.

 

Seasonal Tips

Learn ways to manage your allergies during certain times of the year.

 

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.

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