What comes to mind when you think of allergies?
Chances are, many of you thought of flowers, pollen, or the spring season. However, it’s important to understand that there’s actually no such thing as “seasonal allergies.” In reality, many allergy-sufferers experience symptoms year-round — even when it is cold outside.
What Causes Winter Allergies?
If you’re sniffling, sneezing, and feeling tired and achy, it may not just be the chilly temperatures. Here are a few indoor allergy triggers that could be to blame:
1. Dust Mites
Since we spend an extended amount of time indoors during the winter, those with dust mite allergies suffer even more. You’ll notice your symptoms immediately after vacuuming, sweeping, or dusting. To help lessen your symptoms, opt for hardwood floors over carpeting, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and don’t forget to change your air filter every other month.
Mold thrives in moist areas — making your bathroom and kitchen easy targets. Clean any spills right away, use a dehumidifier to reduce any moisture, and always wear a mask while cleaning.
3. Pet Dander
According to the Asthma and Allergy Found of America, approximately 15% to 30% of allergy sufferers are allergic to pet dander. Symptoms can appear year-round, but the winter causes more flare-ups than usual since our furry friends spend extra time inside. Keep your pets out of your bedroom and off your couches, and when it comes to grooming, bundle up and go outside!Do you suffer from allergies? The board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of allergies, asthma, and sinus. Schedule your appointment today through our patient contact form or call us at (404) 994-3574.