900 SE Oak St Ste 201

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Phone: (503) 648-8971

Fax: (503) 640-6461

Non-Pharmacologic Therapy

The best treatment for your allergies is avoidance. While medications will help you deal with the symptoms, they do little to help treat the problem long-term. If you are suffering from hay fever (allergies to pollen, pet dander and mold), there are a few simple things you can do to reduce these allergens in your home and this is considered Non-Pharmacologic Therapy.

• Encase your mattress and pillows in dust mite-proof cases. Wash all your bedding in hot water at least once a week.
• Remove carpeting from your home and replace with easy to clean material such as hardwood or linoleum. If the wall-to-wall carpeting cannot be removed, vacuum and shampoo the carpet regularly.
• Use only washable window coverings, such as cotton or synthetic curtains.
• During pollen season, keep your windows closed.
• Get rid of clutter; this means removing any knickknacks that sit on tables collecting dust.
• Invest in a HEPA air filtration system to remove small allergen particles from the air
• Keep potted plants out of the house—either plant them outside or give them away
• Avoid using a wood-burning fireplace or stove; the smoke will worsen respiratory allergies.
• Wash the sink regularly and don’t let dishes pile up; this can create a breeding ground for mold
• Wash or replace moldy shower curtains and bathmats
• Keep your house at 68 F to 72 F. Dust mites and mold breed best in hot humid conditions.
• Don’t allow smoking inside your home
•Find a new home for your pet. If you can’t do that, make sure to bathe them once a week and keep them out of your bedroom and off the furniture