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What are some common allergens?

What are some of the common allergens your patients are exposed to?

Some typical allergens are1,2:

  • Tree, grass, and weed pollen
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Pet dander

Allergen exposure can also derive from2:

  • Pillows
  • Carpeting
  • Backyard leaf piles

Allergen avoidance is the first line of defence against allergic rhinitis (AR) 3

In addition to oral antihistamines and intranasal corticosteroids, first-line treatment for allergies should also involve the avoidance of triggers that may cause an allergic reaction.3

Avoidance strategies include3:

  • Use of allergen-impermeable covers for bedding
  • Keeping relative humidity in the home below 50% to inhibit mite growth
  • Reducing pollen exposure by keeping windows closed, using air conditioning, and limiting the amount of time spent outside during peak pollen season
  • Minimize exposure to, or ownership of pets

Unfortunately, while avoidance is ideal, it is not always realistic.

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