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What are the best ways to avoid environmental allergens?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

People who have allergic reactions should take steps to avoid coming into contact with allergens (the substances to which they are allergic). The most common environmental allergens are dust mites, mold, pet dander and pollen. To avoid these, use hard flooring instead of carpet, vacuum often, wash sheets in hot water and use dust mite pillow and mattress covers. Also close your windows, avoid the outdoors on wet, windy or high pollen days, and wear a dust mask if necessary.

Even though you can limit allergy symptoms if you avoid the substance to which you are allergic, unfortunately, there is no known way to prevent environmental allergies.

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