Winter Cold or Cool-Weather Allergies?

With cold weather seeping across the country and the holiday season creeping closer, the fear of allergies is starting to dwindle. Common allergens like ragweed, pigweed, and sagebrush pollen are more prevalent in early fall, and outdoor allergy sufferers are breathing a sigh of relief as pollen counts begin to dwindle. But did you know many people suffer winter allergies as well as spring and fall allergies?

Fighting Fall and Winter Allergies

medsAllergies were worse this year because of summer’s heavy rainfall, which caused weeds to grow later in the season and overproduce pollen. The moisture also affects winter allergies. Common winter allergens are mold and mildew, both of which get worse in wet weather. Other common winter allergies are pet dander and dust mites. Allergy sufferers should focus on home air purification during the winter when home air becomes stagnant and allergens gather in corners, burrow into blankets, and clog air filters. To combat allergens in your home:

  • Purchase an air purifier
  • Replace home filters, using HEPA air filters where possible
  • Use a dehumidifier
  • Keep pets off of beds and furniture
  • Cover pillows with dust mite covers and bring your own pillow when traveling
  • Replace molding shower curtains and carpeting
  • Clean holiday decorations thoroughly before hanging them in your home

Do You Have Winter Allergies?

There are a surprising number of people who suffer winter allergies without realizing the root of their symptoms. Common allergy symptoms include:

  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Red, runny nose
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Itchy eyes, nose, or skin
  • Watery eyes

If you have a cold that lasts longer than 10 days, or if you experience flu-like symptoms with no fever, chances are you’re suffering from winter allergies. Contact your doctor to treat your symptoms, and clean your home air to stop allergens before they affect you.

Contact Living Technologies for a quality home air purification device.

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