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Helpful Avoidance Tips

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Pollen allergen avoidance

Limit outdoor exposure during high pollen counts.

Keep windows and doors closed.

Use air conditioning with outdoor vents closed.

Consider bathing following outdoor activity to reduce indoor contamination.

Wash pets after they have been outdoors.

Dust Mite allergen avoidance

Impermeable mattress and pillow covers                      
    (Dust Mite Covers)

Dehumidifier (set at <50% relative humidity)

Hardwood floors instead of carpets

Wash bedding in hot water weekly, and remove stuffed animals and similar toys

Vinyl or leather furniture

Mold allergen avoidance

Dehumidify and eliminate dampness (relative humidity <50%).

Avoid or use a mask while raking, mowing, and mulching.

Disinfect bathroom and use fungicides (e.g., Lysol, Clorox, X14).

Treat directly with bleach and clean with soapy water.

Remove/replace contaminated porous materials (e.g., carpets).

Cat allergen avoidance

Cat removal is the only clearly effective avoidance or solution.

Aggressive cleaning of the home can reduce allergen levels more quickly.

Washing the cat once or twice weekly reduces allergen temporarily.

Vacuum weekly with HEPA filter attached

HEPA filtration may be effective

Change clothes after cat exposure.

Dog allergen avoidance

Remove the dog from the home

Keep the dog out of bedrooms

Washing the dog twice a week

Wiping the dog down with a wet towel frequently to remove loose allergens.

Vacuum weekly with HEPA filter attached

HEPA filtration may be effective

Change clothes after dog exposure.

Cockroach allergen avoidance

Careful housekeeping to enclose all sources of food for the insects

Cleaning to remove accumulated cockroach allergens

Sealing all possible access points to the house.

Poison bait - keep away from children and pets.

Professional exterminator