Allergen avoidance is an essential step in managing allergies.
Allergen avoidance involves taking adequate measures to reduce the allergenic agent from the environment in which we live and limit contact with it. This is the first step towards improving the symptoms of allergy.
Food and medication allergies
Avoiding food or using medication which contain substances responsible for an allergic reaction. This seems obvious, however, identifying the allergens “hidden” in food or medication requires a high level of attention.
Avoidance means abstaining from skin contact with an allergen.
House dust mite allergies
Our home environment must be treated to reduce the development of house dust mites: reduce the room temperature to 18-19° maximum, decrease humidity, air your house regularly, wash linen and duvets at 60°, clean and vacuum upholstery, curtains bedding frequently, dust and vacuum on a regular basis, etc.
Avoiding allergy to pollen is more complicated since pollen is present everywhere in our environment. Some measures can help reduce exposure to pollen: wash your hair and shower after having been outside, prefer air conditioning to open windows during the pollen season, etc.
Allergies to pets
Avoid contact with pets and pet stores, wash your hands after having been in contact with a pet, have your pet brushed and washed regularly by someone who doesn’t have allergies.