Seasonal allergies, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, are caused by exposure to airborne substances that only appear during certain times of the year. Winter allergies, in particular, are caused by cold weather irritants (e.g., dry, cold air or recycled indoor air) and indoor allergens (e.g., mold, dust, pet dander).
It’s important to stay vigilant of any indoor irritants that can be triggering these symptoms during the winter months. Fortunately, there are ways to manage seasonal allergies, from simple solutions to more comprehensive medical care.
Tips for Managing Allergies During the Winter
Monitor Humidity Levels
Monitoring humidity levels during the winter season can be beneficial in managing seasonal allergies. Low humidity can lead to inflammation and dryness in the respiratory tract, while high humidity can promote the growth of mold. It is crucial to identify an optimal humidity level that can help alleviate symptoms triggered by allergies. Generally, it is advised to maintain indoor humidity levels between 40% and 60%.
Keep Your Home Clean
To reduce winter allergies, you can try these cleaning tips:
- Vacuum once or twice a week with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter
- Keep your home clutter-free
- Wear a mask when you clean
- Keep the bathroom free of mold
Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)
Allergy shots are a type of treatment known as immunotherapy. Every allergy shot contains a small quantity of the particular substance that causes your allergic reaction. As time goes on, your immune system will develop a tolerance to the allergen, leading to a long-term reduction in allergy symptoms.
Identify Your Allergies
Receiving an accurate diagnosis is crucial for ensuring the best possible medical treatment for allergies. At the St. Louis Sinus Center, we follow a comprehensive process for allergy testing in order to accurately diagnose your symptoms. Our process involves collecting a comprehensive medical history and conducting a detailed examination of your ear, nose, throat, and head.
Get help for your seasonal allergies today by visiting us in Festus, MO, and St. Louis, MO.
Treatment for Seasonal Allergies in St. Louis, MO
Dr. James D. Gould, a highly experienced ENT specialist with over 20 years of practice, established the St. Louis Sinus Center in 2011 to offer comprehensive care for sinus-related issues as well as treatment for allergies, snoring, and sleep apnea. By providing all these services in a single, convenient location, the St. Louis Sinus Center is proud to offer convenient solutions to individuals seeking sinus and allergy treatment in the Midwest.
To schedule an appointment, contact us today at 314-450-7720.