Some specialists, including Dr. Mitch Flores of the Mullikin Medical Center in Downey, a pediatrician who treats allergic patients, report that home remedies often can reduce allergy miseries.
Among their suggestions:
Keep everything in the house, especially the bedrooms, as dust-free as possible.
Buy allergy-free vinyl pillow covers.
Change air-conditioning and heating filters at least once a month.
In controlling mites (the allergen in house dust), remove wall-to-wall carpeting and put down linoleum, parquet or tile.
Avoid planting certain trees (among those to which people tend to be allergic in California are elm, oak, California walnut and olive).
To relieve itching and puffy eyes, apply a cold compress to the eyes for about 10 minutes.
Moving to desert climates--in the past a good idea--no longer promises allergy-free living, Flores said. In many desert areas, the pollen count has risen dramatically as a result of imported grasses and plants.