The best way to prevent allergic rhinitis is to avoid the allergen that causes it.
Butthis isn't always easy. Allergens, such as dust mites, aren't always easy to spot and can breed in even the cleanest house.
It can also be difficult to avoid coming into contact with pets, particularly if they belong to friends and family.
Below is some advice to help youavoid the most common allergens.
Dust mites are one of the biggest causes of allergies. They're microscopic insects that breed in household dust.
To help limit the numberof mites in your house, you should:
Concentrate your efforts on controlling dust mites in the areas of your home where you spend most time, such as the bedroom and living room.
It isn't pet fur that causes an allergic reaction, but exposure to flakes of their dead skin, saliva and dried urine.
If you can't permanently remove a pet from the house, you may find the following tips useful:
If you're visiting a friend or relative with a pet, ask them not to dust or vacuum on the day you're visiting because it will disturb allergens into the air.
Taking anantihistamine medicine one hour before you enter a house with a pet can help reduce your symptoms.
Different plants and trees pollinate at different times of the year, so when you get allergic rhinitis will depend on what sort of pollen(s) you're allergic to.
Mostpeople are affected during the spring and summer months because this is when most trees and plants pollinate.
To avoid exposure to pollen, you may find the following tips useful:
Moulds can grow on any decaying matter, both in and outside the house. The moulds themselves aren't allergens, but the spores they release are.
Spores are released when there's a sudden rise in temperature in a moist environment, such as when central heating is turned on in a damp house or wet clothes are dried next to a fireplace.
To helpprevent mould spores, you should:
and how to get rid of damp and mould.
Find out about allergic rhinitis, a condition where the inside of the nose becomes inflamed by allergens, such as pollen, dust, mould, or flakes of animal skin.
Find out what causes allergic rhinitis, and read about common allergens that trigger it, such as pollen, dust and certain animals.
Read about how allergic rhinitis is diagnosed, including information about allergy testing.
Find out how allergic rhinitis is treated using self-help treatments such as non-sedating antihistamines.
Read about possible complications of allergic rhinitis, including nasal polyps, sinusitis and middle ear infections (otitis media).
Information and advice about preventing allergic rhinitis.