3 Ways To Control Your Winter Allergies

Cold temperatures mark the end of the seasonal pollen allergy season, but also ushers in the probability of winter allergies. Winter allergies are the result of staying indoors more because of the cold weather. Indoor allergens, such as dust, can aggravate your allergies. To help you take on winter allergies, here are some things you can do.   

Prepare Properly for Holidays

Many of the decorating activities that people participate in can be bad for those with allergies. For instance, if you are still hanging onto decorations from last year, they could be a source of triggers, such as dust. Before hanging the decorations, take time out to clean them.

If you are putting up a Christmas tree, let it dry out properly on the front porch before taking it into your home. The tree can bring in allergens, such as mold and dust. Once the holiday season is over, get rid of the tree as soon as possible. The longer it sits in your home, the more dust and other allergens it attracts. 

If you are using an artificial tree from last year, be sure to vacuum it before placing it out. 

Take Precautions Before Burning Wood

A fireplace can help keep you warm during the cold winter months, but it can also lead to an allergic reaction. The fireplace can sometimes be the source of mildew, mold, and dust. Before using it, have it inspected and cleaned to lower the health risk it presents. 

You should also be extra caution when burning wood. Check the wood for signs of mold. Mold spores can get into the air and lead to an allergic reaction.

Use an Air Filter

During the winter, it is likely that your home is kept closed up a significant amount of time to keep the cold air out. Unfortunately, closing up your home can also lead to dust and other triggers being trapped in your home because they are unable to escape out of the closed windows. 

To help remove dust from the air, use an HEPA air filter. If you are relying on a furnace or other type of central air heating system, be sure to change out its filter regularly. 

Consult with a local allergy specialist (such as one from The Regional Allergy Asthma & Immunology Center, PC) to learn of other ways you can protect yourself during the winter months. By working with the specialist, you can be sure to get through the winter season as healthy as possible.