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Winter Allergies – What You Need to Know

Posted Jun 24 2013 8:01am

For those people who struggle with allergies during the summer and fall, there's every chance that you won't get a breather especially what you are dealing with are indoor allergies.

Yet with a different kind of 'sensitivity' being the prevailing mood in the months of November and December, winter allergies are hardly a point of focus. Or even those who have to deal with allergies…

And as soon as there is a drop in temperatures, thanks to the presence of a cold wind, the familar stuffy nose and watery eyes is back again, in the form of a 'cold'.

But is it a cold? Or is it a winter allergy?

Summer vs. Winter Allergies – A Note

Apart from the obvious fact that these allergies take place during different parts of the years, there are different allergens to contend with. (Read this article on the top summer allergens .)

snorting-allergymedication Yet with some of these allergens staying the year round, the fact that you stay indoors, by keeping the heater on and the windows closed, it tends to worsen the condition of a person who is susceptible to these summer allergens.

However, and as mentioned earlier, it could also be a simple cold that you might be suffering from, and could be clarified with a visit to your family physician.

So, what are the top winter allergens ?

Some of the common winter allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander as well as irritants that can be found around the home such as household chemicals and sprays, dust, gas fumes, smoke and so on and so forth.

While the winter allergens cause the allergy, which you will need to treat, the irritants serve to aggravate the winter allergy but not necessarily cause it in the first place.

And which is why it is so important identify these triggers and take clear steps to avoid getting these winter allergies in the first place.

Winter Allergies – 5 Tips to Deal with them
It must be pointed out that just because these are winter allergies , they work just as well for allergies that are experienced in other months as well.

So, without further ado, here are 5 tips to deal with winter allergies:

Tip #1: Probably the first tip of all is to avoid allergens that you know you are allergic. For example, staying indoors is a better idea if the wind is blowing damp leaves or even spending more time mopping, cleaning or dusting.

Tip #2: Washing away allergens off your body is the best way to reduce the exposure that your body has to these allergens. For example, taking a shower will not only remove the allergens from your hair but will help reduce nose congestion.

Tip #3: Washing your bedding to get rid of pet dander and dust mites or even getting better bedding will do the trick in curbing the amount of allergens present in your home.

Tip #4: Since nasal congestion is part and parcel of a winter allergy, using a saline solution that can be made at home or bought from the drugstore can really help people who suffer.

Tip #5: Drink a lot of water, hot tea or even vegetables so as to stay hydrated and reduce nasal congestion. Better still, have over-the-counter allergy medication handy so as to take before the symptoms flare up.

In Closing
Do you have any other tips to deal with winter allergies? If so, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Also, here's an article that covers symptoms of allergies related to pollen .

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