3 Common Winter Allergies and How to Treat Them
Allergies are common to many people. Winter allergies are abundant because of the simple fact that people tend to spend a good deal more time indoors during the frigid winter months and expose themselves to a number of indoor allergens such as pet dander and mold. There are many people who experience a wide range of allergy symptoms that can last for an extended period of time from runny noses and watery, itchy eyes to a variety of different coughs and excessive sneezing. With that said the team here at Riverside Medical Group has got you covered.
1. Common Winter Allergy #1 – Pet Dander
Pet dander is primarily made up of very small, microscopic flakes of skin that are shed by pets of all types. Though our pets are very much a part of our family unit and often times provide us with the warmth and comfort of daytime and nighttime snuggles, during the frigid winter months when they are confined indoors a whole lot more, there is an increased risk of breathing in larger amounts of dander. When this occurs, individuals find themselves faced with a variety of allergy symptoms, including itchy eyes, runny noses and even scratchy throats and coughs.
How to Treat Your Pet Dander Allergy:
- For starters, if you suffer with an allergic reaction to your precious pet’s dander, then take steps necessary to keep your pets out of your bedroom and off of your bed.
- If they do venture onto your bed, make a habit of washing your sheets at least once per week with very warm water.
- Vacuum your living space often in your efforts to remove dander and any other allergens and dirt particles from your furniture, carpets, drapes and floors.
- Make it a point to bath your pets at least once per week, which will help to control dander.
- Take an over-the-counter medication to help control your allergy symptoms.
- Be sure to stay hydrated since water is a combative means of fighting the allergens.
2. Common Winter Allergy #2 – Mold
During the winter months, temperatures drop drastically causing mold and mildew to form on leaves, grass and other outdoor elements. When mold spores come in contact with your shoes or clothing items, they are easily tracked indoors where they not only find a comfortable place to live but an easy place to flourish. When mold spores are present in your home, individuals may begin to suffer with a variety of allergy symptoms such as excessive sneezing, runny noses, wheezing, itchy and watery eyes and even an annoying dry cough.
How to Treat Your Mold Allergy:
- As with most other allergies, it is important to remain hydrated every day to allow your body to combat your allergy symptoms.
- Installing a humidifier in your home will help to balance out the air levels in your living space and minimize the dry air that is caused by your home’s heating system in the winter. It is important, however, not to overuse your humidifier since doing so can increase live mold spores. Be sure your humidifier offers an ideal balance to the air in your home.
- Choose an over-the-counter medication that will provide you with relief from all those annoying allergy symptoms. The earlier you start taking the medication, the better your results will be.
- In some cases, allergy shots may be the only relief in sight.
LOOK TO THE PROFESSIONALS HERE AT RIVERSIDE MEDICAL GROUP
If you find yourself suffering with allergies, including pet dander and mold allergies, then surely, we are the team for you. Taking steps to clear out your sinuses, control coughs, and reduce itchy, watery eyes, is essential to your personalized treatment plan.
With that said, the dedicated team here at Riverside Medical Group want our patients to understand the importance of talking with one of our primary care physicians about your allergies and symptoms. We can then refer you to one of our highly experienced allergists who will perform necessary testing and design a personalized allergy treatment plan for you. For more information about allergy treatment plans, be sure to reach out to our dedicated team of allergists or visit our clinic today!