Are you tired of sniffling, sneezing, itchy nose, and watery eyes and want to get rid of these symptoms? Winter is almost around the corner, and if you’re prone to developing seasonal allergies, chances are, these symptoms are going to persist in winter or become worse due to the dry atmosphere.
Here’s a closer look at what leads to allergies in winters and how to prevent their symptoms to enjoy the cozy and cold weather.
As opposed to other seasons where allergies are caused by outdoor allergens such as pollen and other environmental pollutants, allergic symptoms in winter are caused by certain indoor pollutants like:
Though it may not be possible to get rid of winter allergies, you can adapt some helpful ways to avoid exposing yourself to indoor allergens. Here are five simple tips to incorporate and reduce your chances of worsening your allergies:
It’s extremely important to be in a clean environment, especially if your known triggers involve dust mites. Clean frequently touched surfaces, hardwood floors, and working space with a damp cloth and cleaning mop.
Since dry air can make your nose itchy and increase the chances of nasal bleeding, you may want to use a humidifier to reduce dryness in the air. But make sure you set the humidity to no more than 50 percent since dust mites and molds grow faster in humidity over 60 percent.[MH1]
Remove wall-to-wall carpet, especially carpet over concrete. Dust mites and mold thrive in moist environments, such as carpets and rugs, where animal dander and mold accumulate.
If you’re allergic to cat or dog dander, you should reduce contact with your pets to minimize exposure. Bathe your pets weekly to wash away the dander from fur.[MH2]
Taking over-the-counter antihistamine drugs can help ease sneezing, itchiness, watery eyes, and runny nose by blocking histamine production in your body which causes these symptoms. You can also take decongestants to help relieve nasal congestion and make your breathing easier.
Allergies can be annoying and persistent and ruin the quality of your life if left unattended. You can incorporate some prevention strategies to reduce the chances of flare-ups or talk to your doctor to know what you can do better. Hopefully, you’ll find it easier to manage symptoms if you know how to control them.