Managing Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis affects the nose and connected structures, and the symptoms occur when someone is exposed to something they are allergic to, such as animal dander, dust, or pollen. There are numerous treatments that help to alleviate symptoms, as well as things that patients can implement on their own to manage the condition.

Track Pollen Counts

If pollen is an allergen, there are ways to track pollen counts so that you can prepare for the day with over-the-counter medications, or even for changing your plans if needed. There are different apps and websites that will provide a pollen forecast. This is an option for several seasonal allergies.

Home Alterations

When allergens are present in the home, there are several things people can do to minimize them so that the home environment is more comfortable:

• Vacuum at least once a week with a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter
• When washing bedding, do so in water that exceeds 130 degrees Fahrenheit
• Keep windows and doors closed to prevent pollen and other seasonal allergens from getting in
• Use air conditioning in the hot weather
• Consider using a dehumidifier to decrease how much humidity is present in the home
• Dust the home frequently so that dust is not able to accumulate
• Use allergy-proof covers on pillows, mattresses, and box springs

Pet Considerations

Pets are a part of the family, but sometimes their dander can become a bit overwhelming. To reduce the impact of pet dander, bathe pets regularly (especially dogs). It is also a good idea to prevent them from going into the bedroom so that at least one room in the house has limited dander.

These methods are not meant to completely replace any treatments recommended or prescribed by a doctor. They simply serve as additional measures to aid in reducing allergy symptoms.