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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;44(3):711-25, x. doi: 10.1016/j.otc.2011.03.019. Epub 2011 May 2.

Allergy treatment: environmental control strategies.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, The Allergy Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY 10021, USA.


This article aims to help physicians and allergy care providers understand: the role of environmental control in the treatment of allergic disease; the concept of "the inflammatory load"; current published studies on environmental control; factors that influence levels of indoor and outdoor allergens; different methods to decrease patients' exposure to indoor and outdoor allergens; problems related to nonallergic symptom triggers; special considerations for school and workplace avoidance; role of environmental control in the prevention of allergic disease; various products available on the market to assist in avoidance; and how to plan with the patient to implement environmental control strategies.

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