How Can Individuals Identify and Avoid Exposure to Allergens and Irritants?

To identify and avoid exposure to allergens, individuals can:

  • Monitor pollen counts and avoid outdoor activities during peak pollen seasons.
  • Use allergen-proof bedding and air purifiers to reduce exposure to dust mites and pet dander.
  • Keep indoor environments clean and well-ventilated to prevent mold growth.
  • Read food labels carefully and avoid known food allergens.
  • Take precautions to avoid insect stings and bites, such as wearing protective clothing and using insect repellents.

To minimize exposure to irritants, individuals can:

  • Avoid smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Limit time spent outdoors in areas with high air pollution levels.
  • Use fragrance-free or hypoallergenic products to reduce exposure to strong odors and chemicals.
  • Ventilate indoor spaces when using cleaning agents or paints.
  • Wear protective gear (e.g., gloves, masks) when handling irritant substances or chemicals.