Allergies–due to inhalants
1. Asthma–see patient instruction sheet, “Asthma.”
2. Allergic rhinitis (hay fever, nasal allergy) occurs when the nose and/or eyes react to pollens, house dust
or other factors specific to an individual.
The symptoms are: itchy nose; stuffy or runny nose; sneezing; itchy roof of the mouth; itchy eyes; red
eyes; watery eyes and swollen membranes in the eyes in almost any combination.
The treatment consists of symptomatic care (certain medicines may help improve the symptoms),
avoidance of allergenic substances, and in occasional cases hyposensitization (injecting the allergen
under the skin in gradually increasing doses).
See the guides below to help you avoid allergenic substances, especially house dust.
Guide to "desensitizing" a room
Avoid toys or stuffed animals.
Necessary toys should be
wood, plastic, or metal--
never fabric. No
Paint walls or paper with
washable wallpaper. Inspect
wallpaper for any swelling,
indicating collection of molds.
No pennants, pictures,
or other dust catchers.
Install roll-up washable
cotton or synthetic
catch less dust.
No open book-
shelves or books
--they are great
Keep all clothes
in closets, never
lying about the room.
Enclose wool clothes
in plastic zipper bags.
No mothballs, insect
sprays, tar paper or
camphor. Keep closet
and all doors closed.
canvas of plastic
No fabric upholstery.
Wood or linoleum flooring.
No rugs of any kind. No
animals, birds or reptiles
in the house.
Use allergen-proof encasings for pillows,
mattress, and box springs. Zippered plastic
covers do not seal out dust. In use, zipper
leaks act as jets, spraying dust. Tape over
zippers to stop leaks. Vacuum all casings
frequently. Store nothing under bed.
Use washable cotton
or synthetic blankets,
not fuzzy s