Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Allergies Prevention

Prevention strategies for someone with an allergy include:

  • Do not use a vacuum indoors:
    • Ask someone else in your household to vacuum.
    • Use a dust mask if you must vacuum.
  • Avoid food color.
  • Avoid foods that cause allergic reactions
  • Carry an epinephrine syringe:
  • Carry antihistamine medications.
  • Clean heating and cooling ducts in the house.
  • Do not use aerosols or spray cleaners in the bedroom.
  • Install allergy filters in the heating and cooling system:
    • Change them once per month.
  • Place plastic covers over mattresses and pillows.
  • Remove carpeting.
  • Remove stuffed furniture and stuffed animals from the bedroom.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity below 50 percent.
  • Wash all bed linens in hot water every week.
  • Wear an alert bracelet that identifies your allergies.

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