Winter is not known for its allergies, but it is certainly not immune from them. Christmas trees and scented candles can lead to allergic reactions. For those with food allergies, the holiday’s nut-laden candies and baked goods can cause problems as well. As people spend more time in their homes to keep out of the chilly weather, house dust, molds and pets can elicit allergy symptoms. And for those who are prone to asthma, cold weather can irritate airways that may already inflamed by indoor allergens, causing wheezing, coughing, or full-blown asthma attacks.
While you can try to avoid allergy sources, remember that this is tough to do because allergens are carried in the air. You may clean a humid bathroom to eliminate mold, but spores can still be airborne. Pets will continue to shed dander that will flit along on drafts, then land, buried in carpets or upholstery. Dust, as any housekeeper knows, won’t stay away for long.
Allergy drugs can help mitigate allergy symptoms, drying up runny noses or clearing out congested ones. Asthma inhalers can help with respiratory problems. Steroids may even be in order. Remember, though, that they only address the outward signs of allergy—not the actual allergic disease.
To get to the heart of the allergies, doctors recommend allergy immunotherapy which desensitizes the body to both outdoor and indoor allergens. Contact Family Allergy Clinic about prescription immunotherapy for winter allergies using no-hassle allergy drops that you can take at home.