Many people welcome the cold weather brought on by the winter months. It means that fall allergies have come to a close and spring allergies are out of sight and out of mind. But, why is it that people have allergic reactions even in winter? Consider the following allergens that are common when cold weather arrives:
Mold thrives in warm and moist conditions. So, it’s no surprise that when we turn up the heat to find relief from the chilly weather, mold spores multiply. You’ll likely find mold spores in rooms such as your kitchen, laundry room, or bathroom. To keep yourself from allergy symptoms, scrub mold-friendly rooms regularly to minimize its growth. (Note: The mold from real Christmas trees can linger in the air for several weeks after you get rid of the tree.)
Cuddling up to a cozy fire may sound appealing during these chilly months, but it may cause your symptoms to worsen. It’s not uncommon for an allergy-prone or asthmatic person to experience flare ups while inhaling fireplace smoke. If the smoke bothers you, leave the room to ensure an allergic reaction or asthma attack doesn’t transpire.
People shed skin every day that is replaced by new skill cells. Because most people sleep for roughly eight hours each night, it’s no surprise that a lot of our skin can be found on our sheets and mattress. Dust mites survive by eating the skin cells that we shed. To keep dust mites to a minimum, wash your bedding in hot water weekly and place an allergen-reducing mattress cover on your mattress.
If you’re suffering from any of the above indoor allergens, make an appointment with a Langford Allergy doctor! Your doctor will perform an allergy test and determine the best treatment route so you can enjoy this season.