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Allergy Avoidance in the Home
Compared with other diseases, allergies and asthma, for the vast majority of patients, do not pose life-threatening health risks. That’s the good news.
On the debit side, however, bouts of sneezing, itching, wheezing, runny nose, and so on can make life miserable. Allergy and asthma victims have good reason to complain of a poorer quality of life. Their main goal is relief of symptoms.
Allergies and asthma are complicated health problems with many causative factors, and each person’s ailment is highly individualized. For example, there has been much debate about the definition of asthma.
For our purposes, we’ll leave scientific and medical discussions to other books. What we propose to do is to provide some understanding of your environment and some helpful tips to improve your environment.
There is no question that outstanding advances have been made by the scientific and medical communities in the treatment of allergies and asthma. Healthcare companies are producing more effective medications to provide relief of symptoms without causing side effects.
Medical textbooks advocate three primary treatments for sufferers. They are:
• allergy shots (immunotherapy)
• environmental control
The last treatment is difficult for the physician to enforce. Ideally he/she would have to visit your home, observe, analyze, and recommend. As vital as this appears, it would be an unrealistic use of his or her time. The fact is, though, that home environmental control is common sense coupled with a thorough approach.
You cannot do much about your outside environment, but you can do a great deal to improve the environment of your home. The goal of this booklet is to focus on specific allergens and irritants that can cause problems and to help you create an improved, “purer” home environment. We would like to see you create at least one “unpolluted” room in your home, preferably your bedroom, where you spend a major part of your time.
This booklet is a “how to” approach to achieving these goals. If you follow the guidelines, you will be helping your doctor treat your condition and you probably will find that your quality of life improves.