If you are perpetually stuffy, have itchy eyes, and pressure in your head during winter, you might suffer from what is often called “winter allergies.” Because you are indoors more during the colder months often with little ventilation, you are exposed to indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, and animal dander.
Here are some tips to help those suffering from winter allergies find some relief:
- Dust mites especially love your bedroom. Cover your pillows and mattress in allergen-resistant covers and wash your bedding weekly in hot water then dry on the highest temperature setting.
- If you cannot remove the carpeting in your home, vacuum regularly to remove dust mites that live in carpeting and upholstery.
- Use a HEPA filter in your home to remove dust and other allergens from the air.
- Use a humidifier. Dry air causes dry nasal passages, which are more easily inflamed by allergens. Invest in a device called a hygrometer to check humidity levels and keep them between 30 and 50 percent. Too much humidity can cause mold to grow, which can also present problems for allergy and asthma sufferers.
- Bathe pets frequently as they too stay indoors more during the colder winter months. Since it is the dander from pets and not the fur, simply clipping won’t help.
- Change air filters frequently. Forced-air furnaces circulate airborne dust containing lint, animal dander, bacteria, fabric fiber, and food material.
- See a board-certified allergist to determine what is causing your allergy or asthma problems. An allergy test will confirm what triggers your allergic symptoms.
If you think you might be suffering from winter allergies, schedule an appointment to speak with one of our 17 board-certified allergy and asthma specialists today.