Learn what causes allergies and how to help reduce your exposure and symptoms.
If you were hoping your allergy symptoms would go into hibernation once Old Man Winter blew in, you might be out of luck. If you suffer from perennial allergic rhinitis — or year-round allergies — here’s your winter allergy action plan.
There are over 200 different allergens out there. Some allergens may stick around long after cold weather strikes.
The big winter allergy culprits are dust mites , pet dander and mould . But if you live in a warmer climate or travel to one, pollen allergies can also act up. To make matters worse, spending more time indoors with the windows shut can increase your exposure to these allergens. We’re here to help with simple tips for giving winter allergy triggers the boot.
Dust mites are microscopic bugs that live off of dead human skin and pet dander and are found anywhere dust particles collect. Even if you’re a neat freak, it’s impossible to rid your home entirely of this common indoor allergen , but you can find a few quick tips to help reduce your exposure below.
For more dust allergy tips, read The Dirt on Dust Mites.
It’s not the pet’s fur that causes your allergic reaction. It’s the proteins found in the animal’s dander (dead skin cells), saliva or urine. These particles are so light that they can stick to your shoes, clothes and hair.2
Indoor mould sheds spores all year and is found lurking in damp spots, such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, attics, refrigerators and windowsills. Since mould thrives in damp spaces, mould allergy symptoms may be more common during the summer months when it’s hot and humid. But they can be prevalent year-round in warm climates and wherever moisture builds up in your home.4
If you live in a warmer climate or are traveling to one, milder temperatures may mean pollen allergies stick around for the winter.
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