How to Treat Allergies with Non-Pharmacologic Therapy
The best way to treat allergy symptoms is to completely avoid allergens. Although this may be impossible, certain behaviors, called non-pharmacologic therapy, can help minimize them. Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce the presence of allergens in your home:
- Encase your mattress and pillows in dust mite-proof cases. Wash all your bedding in hot water at least once a week.
- Remove carpeting from your home and replace it with an easy-to-clean material such as hardwood or linoleum. If the carpeting cannot be removed, vacuum and shampoo it regularly.
- Use only washable window coverings, such as cotton or synthetic curtains.
- During pollen season, keep your windows closed.
- Get rid of clutter, including any knickknacks that sit on tables collecting dust.
- Invest in a HEPA air filtration system to remove small allergen particles from the air.
- Do not keep potted plants in the house.
- Avoid using a wood-burning fireplace or stove; the smoke will worsen respiratory allergies.
- Wash the sink regularly and don’t let dishes pile up. Dirty dishes and food buildup can create a breeding ground for mold.
- Wash or replace moldy shower curtains and bathmats.
- Keep your house below 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Dust mites and mold breed best in hot, humid conditions.
- Don’t allow smoking inside your home.
- If possible, rehome your pet. If not, make sure to bathe them once a week and keep them out of your bedroom and off the furniture.