How to Overcome Winter Allergies?
The concentration of allergens in the environment rises in the winter. Airborne dust particles, dust mites, pet dander, mildew, and cockroach droppings are examples of some allergens.
- Dust mites: In mattresses and bedding, these minuscule pests thrive. Allergy is triggered when their droppings and remnants become airborne.
- Mould: Basements and toilets are ideal environments for this fungus to develop. Its spores, when released into the air, cause allergy.
- Pets: Protein present on pet dander, saliva, dropping, urine can trigger an immune response.
If you’re allergic to any of this, you’ll notice that your symptoms worsen throughout the winter because you spend more time at home during the winter. In winters, the weather is cool and damp. When the weather turns chilly and your furnace turns on, dust, mould spores, and insect bits are discharged into the air. They enter your nose and trigger a response.
Some symptoms your get are,
- stuffy/runny nose
- dark circles under eyes
- itchy and watery eyes
- skin rash
- ear itching
- fever or rashes etc.
There is a distinction among common colds, the flu, and seasonal allergies. Colds and flu only last ten days, but winter allergies can last for weeks. Fever and pain may accompany colds and flu, but this is not always the case with winter allergies.
If your symptoms persist for more than ten days, you should seek treatment from an ENT doctor London or Private GP London. They will diagnose and then refer you to an allergist at an ENT Clinic London. An allergist will do a skin test, which involves scratching your skin with a little amount of an allergen or injecting it beneath your skin. You’re allergic if the area becomes red and itching. A blood test is also available to diagnose some allergies.
How to avoid getting winter allergies?
- To keep dust mites out, cover your bedding, including pillows and mattresses, with a specific protective coating.
- Reduce the amount of time your pets stay indoors. If you can’t keep them outside, keep them away from locations where you spend most of your time, like your kitchen, bedroom, or living room.
- To prevent dander and dust mite build-up, wash your clothes, bedding, and any removable upholstery covers in hot water on a regular basis.
- Maintain an ideal humidity level of 30% to 50%.
- Vacuum your house on a regular basis.
- Don’t leave any leftover food; clean it immediately.
- The doctors will provide your allergy medicines such as antihistamines.
- ENT doctors can also prescribe nasal spray or allergy shots.
- You can try nasal irrigation treatment.