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How to handle your allergies when you have mesothelioma

Jul 27, 2021 | Mesothelioma

If you are living with mesothelioma, you already struggle with many aspects of your daily life. One thing that can make mesothelioma patients’ lives even harder is exposure to allergens in the home and outdoors.

While mesothelioma can affect different organs in the body, the lungs are one of its primary targets. That means that a patient can really struggle during the spring and summer months when everything is in bloom. Simply having the windows open in the evening to cool down the house can be problematic if the neighbor cranks up the lawnmower and cuts their grass.

Avoiding common allergens can make life easier

Both the renowned Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine offer the following suggestions for reducing mesothelioma patients’ exposure to allergens:

  • Stay indoors during the early morning hours when pollen counts are higher.
  • Keep windows and screen doors shut on windy days.
  • Shower after being outside when pollen counts are high so it doesn’t cling to clothing, hair and skin.
  • Use facemasks when out in public and even in the home when necessary to avoid dust exposure.
  • Install window units or central heat and AC to reduce reliance on fans and open windows.
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the air in the house drier and more comfortable.
  • Vacuum frequently using a HEPA filter.

While these are all good suggestions, it is a reality that mesothelioma patients got dealt hard hands to play. 

You don’t have to fight alone

The good news is there are resources available to those who contracted mesothelioma from work-related exposures. Learning more about the help that’s out there can be empowering.