avoid winter allergies


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
avoid winter allergies

Winter's round the corner and everyone seems to be falling sick these days. While it's easy to shrug it off, have you considered the possibility of winter allergies?

You might be allergic to pollen, mites or molds which linger in dust during the winter months. The biggest difference between a cold and an allergy is the duration. A cold usually stays for 10 days, whereas an allergy can continue for weeks or months.

Some common allergens during the winter months are:

Dust mites
Pets (cats, dogs) dander

symptoms for identifying winter allergies

Running nose
Sneezes and sniffles
Watery eyes, Itchy nose or throat
Persistent cough

People with asthma can have wheezing, chest congestion and breathing difficulties.

the treatments available for winter allergies

For common nasal allergies, antihistaminics drugs are used. For persistent or very recurrent nasal allergies, sometimes anti allergic or steroids-containing nasal sprays are used. Those with asthma should use their inhalers as per their doctors advice and seek medical advice at the earliest, in case of any trouble.

prevention of winter allergies

Keep the house dust-free as much as possible.
Vacuum any carpets once or twice a week.
The curtains and shades must be free of dust.
No feather pillows.
Avoid excessive humidity and dampness in the house as it lead to the growth of moulds.
Smoking should be avoided.
Keep animals outdoors, if possible, and bathe them once a week.

winter allergies different from flu or cold

In the flu or cold, other than symptoms mentioned above, one can also have fever, aches and pains. These are generally not seen in allergic rhinitis. Common flu or cold symptoms usually get cured within a week. Allergic symptoms can last for weeks and may be longer depending upon exposure to the allergens.
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