Remember that the most effective treatment for any allergy is simply to avoid the allergen – it is sometimes difficult to avoid the allergen completely however precautions can be put in place to alleviate some of the daily ‘pressures’.1

Your home is in your hands – some handy tips to help control your allergies

  • Air conditioner filters remove 99% of airborne pollen1
  • Avoid using window fans that can draw pollens and molds into your house2
  • Keep your house and car windows closed3
  • Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites and a dehumidifier to control mold2
  • Wash your bedding frequently with hot water (at least 54 °C)2
  • Limit the time you spend outside when pollen counts are high (midday and afternoon)3
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to minimise the amount of pollen getting into your eyes2
  • Facemasks, similar to those worn by surgeons, also can greatly reduce the amount of allergen inhaled while outdoors1
  • Wash your hands immediately after petting any animals; wash your clothes after visiting friends with pets2

Change your diet, ease your symptoms 

The primary way to manage a food allergy is to avoid consuming the food that causes you problems. Carefully check ingredient labels of food products and learn whether what you need to avoid is known by other names.4

Some foods that may help to ease your allergy symptoms5

  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Tuna, salmon and mackerel
  • Honey
  • Onions, peppers and parsley

Try to avoid these foods, they account for about 90% of all allergic reactions4

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts, tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Soy

and there is no cure for allergies but you can manage allergies with prevention and treatment.6

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References:

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  2. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Allergic Rhinitis. [online] 2 June 2018 [Cited] 9 November 2018. Available from URL: https://acaai.org/allergies/types/hay-fever-rhinitis
  3. Michigan Medicine. University of Michigan. Hay Fever and Other Seasonal Allergies. [online] 6 October 2017 [Cited] 8 November 2018. Available from URL: https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/tv6577#tv6577-sec
  4. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Food Allergy. [online] [cited January 2019]; Available from URL: https://acaai.org/allergies/types/food-allergy
  5. 6 Foods That May Help Curb Your Allergies. [online] July 2015 [cited January 2019]; Available from URL: https://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/foods-fight-allergies?print=true
  6. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Allergy Facts and Figures. [online] [Cited] 9 November 2018. Available from URL: http://www.aafa.org/allergy-facts/