Most people consider allergies to be problems only during the spring and summer. When we think about the cause of allergies, it’s newly-flowering plants and airborne pollen that first come to mind, and that’s certainly fair, since both of these things claim their fair share of the guilt. However, the truth is that allergies aren’t just limited to the spring and summer. Even cold months can be marked by watery eyes, sneezing, and congestion. To be honest, it almost seems a little unfair. Winter and fall are supposed to be our allies in the war against allergies; without them on our side, it seems as though we may always be fighting this battle. Luckily, that’s not necessarily the case.
Beating Winter Allergies
Beating winter allergies is possible, but in order to win the battle, we first must understand the enemy. Many Americans suffer winter allergies. Just like other seasonal allergies, winter allergies are aggravated by certain things in the air–but in the cold months, those pollen-spewing plants of the spring have settled down for a long winter’s nap. Instead, indoor allergens become the issue. Pet hair and dander, dust mites, mold, and countless other things are generally responsible for any allergies that persist or begin in cold months. Not to mention, when everyone has their heaters on, the air is a lot drier than we’re used to–and that certainly doesn’t help. However, while winter allergies can seem even harder to beat than their warm weather brothers, there are some things to remember that can help reduce their severity.
What You Need to Know
So, what else do you need to know about winter allergies? Here’s a quick look!
- Causes. Winter allergies are triggered by very specific things–pet hair, mold, and, unfortunately, even pollen. While the spring plants have stopped producing pollen, mild winter weather can make other plants increase pollen production. Particularly rainy weather, too, can make winter allergies worse by causing mold.
- Protection. Unfortunately, the battle against winter allergies can seem impossible; how can we hide from allergens that are inside with us? However, there are ways to protect yourself. Limit dust mite population by washing linens every week in hot water; minimize pet dander with regular doggy or kitty baths (good luck, cat owners); keep mold away by scrubbing down areas of your home that are often damp.
- Professionals. Allergies, whether they’re the winter or spring variety, are no fun at all. To win this battle, you need a opens in a new windowreliable doctor on your side. Let the experts fight your allergy battle for you!
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