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How a Warmer Winter Affects Allergies

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You may not consider winter a season for allergies, yet it depends on what your specific sensitivity and triggers are. There are allergens that could cause issues in the winter months, when colder climates drive you to be cooped up inside for more hours every day. Before you know it, you’re sneezing, wheezing and coughing.

In numerous regions in the United States, allergies start in February and last until the early summer. Mellow winter temperatures can make plants fertilize early. A stormy spring can likewise cause fast plant development and lead to an expansion in mold, making side effects last well into the fall. Many individuals trust that as the spring and fall seasons come to a close, so do their allergies. However, with the colder season and spending more time indoors, it doesn’t imply that your surroundings are allergen-free. In winter, more individuals are staying inside to keep away from the cold temperatures outside. What they may not know is that they can be surrounded by indoor allergens that are prowling inside of their home. There are a couple of seasonal triggers as well, such as Christmas trees or fireplaces, which can add to those undesirable allergens.

The majority of allergies may occur during summer and spring. However, those who have allergies might be in for an uncomfortable year if winter climate is warmer than usual. This could make allergies last throughout the entire year. Torment at its worse – imagine a year full of allergies. Allergies can get in the way of our everyday routines including work, childcare, rest, and household chores.

Symptoms

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Weakness
  • Itchy throat
  • Asthma attacks

Winters in the south are relatively warm and recent research has shown that these warm winters are increasing allergy numbers. Not everyone appreciates unseasonably warm temperatures this December. People with allergies are actually suffering because of them. How can you prevent or treat these allergies rather than just waiting for allergy season to pass?

Vacuum
There is pet dander and human skin cells in your carpet. If they’re left long enough, you could have a severe allergic reaction to them. Make sure you vacuum routinely to get rid of these particles.

Plants
If you have ragweed allergies, remove the plants in your home before they blossom to eliminate the allergens in your house. Plants can cause severe allergies and extreme sneezing.

Shower at night
Make it a habit to shower before you go to bed. During the day you visit different places, which allow pollen to get stuck on your hair and body. If you go to bed before washing it off, it’s going to stick onto your pillow and bed sheets and become a nightly irritant.

Dry clothes indoors
Make it a habit to dry your clothes in the dryer, or hang inside, and not outside. Pollen can get attached to your clothes and cause you to have a reaction when you wear them later.

Stay away from animals
Some people are allergic to pets. There are proteins found in the animal’s saliva, dander (dead skin flakes), and urine that can be allergens. It wouldn’t be advisable for you or your family to obtain a pet that a household member could be allergic to. It’s also advisable to limit time spent at friends and family’s homes that have pets if you or a household member is allergic.

Mold
Mold usually grows in warmer conditions. The south has warm winters, so there’s a high chance it may grow in the homes there, even in winter. Studies show that many people are severely allergic to mold and don’t even know it. Mold can grow inside your walls and doors. They can even be underneath your carpet. Consider hiring a mold removal expert to evaluate your home. Regularly clean garbage cans, sinks, and water-based appliances with a bleach solution to keep mold from building up and spreading. 
Researchers have predicted that since winter temperatures rise each year, mold is likely to grow as early as February this year. This is alarming because winters and mold don’t typically go together. People living in warmer and southern states need to be cautious about their living conditions.