Winter allergies – are you at risk?
It has gone from beautiful fall days to outright damp and cold. Your throat feels a bit raw and your nose is running. Great, here comes the first cold of the season or is it just winter allergies?
How do you tell the difference between a cold and allergies? Time!
Allergy symptoms tend to persist where a cold may hang on for five to seven days and then clear up. So, let’s figure out what is making you feel miserable and your risk to winter allergies.
One fact is that if you are prone to spring and summer allergies chances are when the weather turns cold those pesky winter allergens are just waiting to irritate your sinuses and eyes.
Why, because the same irritants like mold, pet dander and mildew don’t go away just because the temperature has dropped. In fact, once you turn on the heaters and seal the windows and doors your exposure increases.
Thanks to wet leaves and other yard waste the outside is a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. And wet means clingy – giving mold and mildew an easy way to get inside of your house on shoes and boots.
No one wants to leave their pets outside when it’s cold and yucky and that means more pet dander indoors.
If you live in an area that doesn’t have a hard freeze, spring and summer pollen is still lingering around waiting for a nice windy day to find its way onto your clothes and through the doors of your house.
Damp wood is another great breeding ground for mold. Even if you only bring in a log or two at a time you are releasing mold spores into the air you breathe.
So, what is the best way to combat winter allergies?
Keep the allergens that provoke your allergies to a minimum. Mop, sweep and dust often. Stay inside during windy days. Pollen is not the only thing on the wind. Swirling leaves can release mold spores.
Wash your hands and face often. If you’ve been outside doing yard work or it’s a windy day take a shower and wash your hair.
Dust mites are year round critters. Clean your bedding regularly in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. The same for throw rugs. Pet dander is sticky and just vacuuming doesn’t always rid the carpet of animal hair and skin.
Remember to stay hydrated. All that nose blowing and watery eyes, especially with the heater blasting out hot air, can dry nasal cavities and cause nose bleeds. Sip water and/or drink hot tea. You may also want to try a saline nasal solution.
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