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Do You Have Allergies In Winter? You’re Not Alone! Here Are Tips For Tackling Winter Allergies

When you think of seasonal allergies, which season do you think of first? Most people’s first thought is of spring—and it’s true that many allergy sufferers do experience allergies in spring. However, allergies can strike at any time of the year, including in winter.

Why do you have allergies in winter?

If you thought allergies were only a spring thing, think again! Many people suffer from winter allergies, too. While spring allergies are usually caused by outdoor allergens like pollen, winter allergies are more likely to come from indoor allergens. This is because people tend to spend more time indoors during the cold winter months. Indoor allergens can include pet dander, indoor mold, dust mites, and cockroach droppings. Common allergy symptoms during winter are similar to the better-known spring allergy symptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing.

Thankfully, you do not need to resign yourself to suffering from winter allergies. There are some simple ways you can reduce the risk of winter allergies and keep yourself free from symptoms. Here are some easy tips to help you keep your winter allergies under control:

When You’re Inside

  • If you have a pet, vacuuming daily can reduce your exposure to pet dander and hair that can cause allergy symptoms.
  • Bathe your pet at least once a week to keep dander under control.
  • Daily vacuuming is also a good idea to limit your exposure to dust.
  • Wash your bedding and sheets in warm water every week.
  • Consider getting a hypoallergenic mattress.
  • Prevent the growth of mold (which releases mold spores that can trigger allergic reactions) by keeping your bathroom clean and dry.
  • Reduce the likelihood of cockroaches (and their allergy-inducing droppings and skin sheddings) by sealing up cracks, being mindful of food crumbs, and using cockroach traps.
  • Use a humidifier to prevent dry air. Dry air (which is made worse when you turn on your heater) can result in dry nasal passages, which reduces their ability to capture allergens in the air.
  • Use an air purifier with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) to trap dust and other allergens, including odors.

When You’re Outside
Yes, most winter allergies are due to indoor allergens. However, outdoor allergies are still possible during the winter. If you experience allergy symptoms while spending time outdoors during the winter, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our allergy experts at West River ENT & Allergy.

You might also experience winter allergies in other spaces where you have no control, such as at the office, public spaces, etc. Again, a visit with our team at West River ENT & Allergy can help you manage your allergies. Since allergic reactions tend to continue as long as the allergen is present, the key is to identify the trigger. Our allergy experts will work with you to identify the triggers and formulate a plan to manage your allergies. We may recommend antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, or allergy shots to help reduce your reaction to allergens.

To learn more about how to manage your allergies in the winter, we welcome you to contact our team at West River ENT & Allergy today.

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