The FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE is avoidance of allergens. Ideally, you would live away from where your allergies occur-on a beach where you could breathe sea breezes or in the desert where nothing can grow. Unfortunately, this may not be practical. You could try the following:

  • Rid your home of indoor plants, mildew, and animals that produce dander

  • Change air filters monthly in the heating and air conditioning systems in your home. Or, install an air purifier

  • Change feather pillows, woolen blankets, and woolen clothing to cotton or synthetic materials, such as Dacron

  • Use antihistamines and decongestants as necessary and as directed by your physician

  • Observe general good health practices

  1. Stop smoking and avoid air pollutants

  2. Exercise regularly

  3. Eat a balanced diet

  4. Supplement your diet with vitamins, especially vitamin C


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Dr. Blane E. Bateman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. Dedicated to the care of the ears, nose and throat, and related structures of the head and neck.