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Allergies Author: Staff Editor Last Updated: Feb 26, 2014 - 12:34:02 PM

Survive the Season with the Allergen Checklist

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Feb 26, 2014 - 12:29:44 PM

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Is your home a breeding ground for allergens?

( - Millions of people suffer from allergies and it is estimated that 40 to 50 percent of schoolchildren now suffer from one or more common allergies. Keeping our homes and our schools allergen-free is a must, yet there are many things to consider when promoting optimal sinus health.

Board-certified otolaryngologist Dr. Jordan Pritikin says, "Allergies can cause everything from mild sniffles to difficulties breathing and impaired health. It's crucial that people keep their homes allergen-free, especially if their children are sensitive to common allergens like dust and pet dander."

Below is Dr. Pritikin's Allergen Checklist:

  • Kick the butt. Never allow smoking your house. The odor lingers long after the smoker has left the building, not to mention, secondhand smoke is terrible for one's health and breathing. If allergy prone, smoking can enhance your symptoms including coughing, wheezing, stuffy noses, etc.
  • Say no to pets unless they are hypoallergenic. Sticking to hairless friends, such as fish or reptiles, is suggested. But if a traditional domestic pet (cat or dog) is a must, talk to your doctor about which breeds are suggested. Typically they include Bichon Frise, Poodles or Portuguese Water Dogs.
  • Don't use down-filled pillows or comforters. These common household items can exacerbate allergies. Also, make sure to regularly clean stuffed animals and to keep your mattresses clean and covered. Pillows should also be changed regularly or washed as they can become a haven for dust and bacteria.
  • Spring clean. Keep your home tidy and dust-free, especially in little-cleaned areas such as under the bed and behind bookshelves. You should also dust the top of ceiling fans to prevent dust from collecting and being spread about the room.

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit


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