Dealing With Winter Allergies

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Despite the freezing temperatures, many people look forward to winter because they believe it will spare them from annoying allergies. But allergy sufferers must also contend with bothersome symptoms during the winter. Also, getting the flu stays on the mind of many people during this season. Taking precautions and obtaining professional advice is crucial to helping you manage your allergies this winter.

Here are a few ways you can deal with your allergies and have some comfort this winter.

What Causes Winter Allergies?

One aspect of allergies that can be confusing to some people is the fact that cold temperatures don’t stop them from coming. While common environmental allergens such as pollen and ragweed may be lower during colder months, you can still be prone to indoor allergy attacks. Wintertime often means that you’ll spend more time indoors, and more time inside leaves you exposed to allergens like dust, mold, pet dander, and dust mites. It may seem like these pests should give you a break when the temperatures fall, but many times the winter can cause them to be more potent.

Controlling Dustmites

It may seem like your allergies have no end in sight, but several strategies can help you cut down on the winter allergens in your home and help give you relief. First, you can limit the impact dust mites have in your home by using hypoallergenic sheets, comforters, and pillowcases. These items can help reduce dust mites’ effects on your sinuses while you sleep.

Also, washing your bedding in hot water weekly can kill dust mites lingering around.

Address Pet Dander

While we love our furry family members, their hair can wreak havoc on our allergies. Keeping pets bathed and groomed can help cut down on the allergens they may bring in from outside. Also, sweeping and vacuuming your home can keep shedding under control.

Eliminate Mold

Winter can bring cold and damp conditions, making for perfect conditions for mold growth. You can address mold by keeping troublesome areas dry and well-ventilated to help prevent mold from growing. If you discover mold in your home, putting a mixture of bleach and water on it can kill the mold and eliminate the problems it brings.

Sometimes, allergies can be stubborn, and you may need professional assistance to get relief. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have questions about tackling your allergies this winter. Please schedule a consultation by calling us today at (314) 473-5433.

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