The Ultimate Winter Allergies Care Guide: Symptoms, Treatment and Tips

While those of us who suffer from allergies may be experiencing tremendous relief from autumn allergy triggers right about now, this does not mean we’re out of the gate just yet. Winter is just a few weeks away, and our allergies will soon flare up again. The most common allergens in winter are associated with indoor toxins and pollutants. And sometimes, the biggest dangers lurk inside your home during holiday festivities. The best way to prevent any allergic reactions this season is to be prepared.

The Ultimate Winter Allergies Care Guide

It’s sometimes hard to distinguish whether or not we suffer from winter allergies or a winter cold since both result in runny noses, sneezing, and itchy throat and eyes. Below are some common winter triggers for allergy sufferers to watch out for.

Winter Allergy Triggers

1. Holiday Decorations

Christmas trees and other holiday decorations can cause major allergy issues. It’s important to note that the actual tree does not cause allergies; however, a tree may become host to mold spores that cause allergic reactions. The tree sap from Christmas trees can also irritate your symptoms.

For those opposed to an artificial tree, it’s essential to dry out the real tree in an enclosed space for at least a week and shake it out entirely before it is brought indoors. Be careful with other holiday decorations as well, such as artificial snow spray and real wreaths.

Read More: Common Tree Allergies

2. Holiday Food

Regardless of the season, people with food allergies are always on high alert. The holidays can be a particularly troubling time due to a large number of holiday parties and family gatherings. Most hosts will have food on their menu to suit all dietary preferences and food allergies, but the problem is often caused by cross-contamination — for instance, not washing the knife they cut nuts with before they use it to chop veggies.

Read More: How to Prepare Your Child for Holiday Dinners

Preventative Tips For Winter Allergies

Follow these tips below to improve the quality of life for everyone indoors this winter:

  • Clean your house, bedding, clothes, and pets deeply once a week.
  • Keep humidity levels in your home below 50 percent — this will help reduce dust levels.
  • Take a shower before bed.
  • Keep pets out of your bedroom.
  • Eat before a holiday party or prepare your own food to eat there.
  • Always bring an EpiPen to events.

Read More: Tips To Help You Fight Off Winter Allergies

Treatment Options

Our highly-qualified team at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of allergies.

  • Animal Allergies
  • Food Allergies (Including shellfish, peanuts, lactose, and other common food allergens.)
  • Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)
  • Latex Allergies
  • Skin Allergies
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Angioedema

Read More: Have an Enjoyable Holiday Celebration Free From Allergy-Related Emergencies

Visit a Board-Certified Atlanta Allergist for Allergy Relief

Do not let winter allergies ruin your holiday season or the time spent indoors with friends and family. Clean the house regularly, and be mindful of food presented at events and gatherings to minimize the risk of allergic reactions.

Schedule your appointment with our board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia via phone at (404) 994-3574 or online through our patient contact form. Our West GA allergy & asthma locations offer a no-wait appointment policy for new and existing patients.

Our offices are located conveniently throughout Metro Atlanta, including Alpharetta, Villa Rica, Hiram, Newnan, Douglasville, Carrollton, and Peachtree City / Fayetteville. To discover more about allergy shots as a viable treatment option, check out our allergy FAQ page.