Allergic rhinitis causes symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and a runny nose. But you can control these symptoms with medicine and by avoiding the things that cause them (allergens). If you are allergic to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, animal dander, and mold, you can take some simple steps to get them out of your house.
By doing these things, you may have fewer symptoms or less severe symptoms.
How can I control allergens in my home?
First, work with your doctor to find out what you're allergic to. When you know what triggers your allergies, you can take steps to control those allergens in your home.
To reduce allergens inside your home, you can:
Remove items where allergens build up, such as stuffed animals or rugs.
Use regular cleaning and housekeeping to prevent allergens from building up.
Control dust and dust mites, such as dusting regularly and washing bed linens in hot water. Dust contains most of the allergens in your home.
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