What is the role of environmental controls in the treatment of pediatric allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Use of environmental controls is not adequately explored in most patients. For many patients, the removal of the trigger can have a dramatic effect. Difficulty arises when the trigger needs to be identified and eliminated. Eliminating the trigger may be simple if removal of a feather pillow or blanket is involved; however, it can be very difficult if a family pet needs to be removed. Although avoiding outdoor pollens is impossible, the patient can reduce exposure to pollens for attenuating symptoms. This sometimes is as simple as closing a bedroom window, using an air conditioner, or installing a pollen filter.


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