Things You Can Do to Prevent Attacks
Avoiding or reducing exposure to airborne allergens is the most effective means of alleviating symptoms of allergic rhinitis, but this can be extremely difficult.
- Covering pillows and mattresses with plastic covers.
- Substituting synthetic materials (foam mattress, acrylics) for animal products (wool, horsehair), and removing dust-collecting household fixtures (carpets, drapes, bedspreads, wicker).
- Air purifiers and dust filters may also aid in maintaining an allergen-free environment.
- Nasal saline irrigations are a useful adjunct in the treatment of allergic rhinitis to mechanically flush the allergens from the nasal cavity.