If you are looking for ways to avoid allergies, keep in mind that the best method for you will depend on what type of allergy you have. The two most common approaches used to prevent (or at least minimize) allergies are:
- Avoidance of the allergy trigger
For example, if you are allergic to certain foods, those foods can be avoided altogether. However, complete avoidance becomes more difficult with allergies to things such as pollen, molds, and dust mites.
Here is a list of things you can do around the house to reduce your exposure to allergens:
- Clean washable items (including throw rugs) often, using water hotter than 130 degrees Fahrenheit
- Use an air-filtering device to keep mold and pollen allergens from entering your home or car
- If you have a cat, bathe it weekly and brush it more frequently (ideally, a nonallergic person should do this).
(For a more detailed list, click Preventing Allergies. This selection from the eMedTV Web site offers a comprehensive overview of the methods you can use to reduce your risk of allergies to pets, cockroaches, dust mites, pollen, and other sources.)