Indoor Allergies: Why You’re Sneezing More this Winter
Common Indoor Allergens
If you’re sneezing more this winter, you are not alone. Indoor allergies are common for many Americans, especially during the colder months. Why are your allergies flaring up this winter? There are many possible reasons – let’s take a look at a few.
One of the main causes of indoor allergies is airborne dust and dirt particles. Dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and other indoor pollutants are always present in the air we breathe. During the winter months, these allergens can be more concentrated inside our homes due to poor ventilation or use of humidifiers. As a result, people with indoor allergies often experience more sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes during the colder months.
What Causes Allergies?
All allergies are caused by a malfunctioning of the body’s immune system. When people with allergies come into contact with something harmless that is normally not a problem for the majority of people, such as animal dander or pollen, their immune systems perceive it as an invader and trigger an allergic reaction in response. This can result in symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing.
Allergies vs. Cold Symptoms
It’s not always easy to tell the difference between allergies and cold symptoms. One of the main differences is that allergies tend to occur seasonally, while colds can occur at any time of year. Allergic reactions also usually result in long-term symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, etc.) unlike a cold, which typically won’t exceed 10 days.
Despite cold, flu, and COVID-19 seasons joining forces to wreak havoc on people during the winter months, persistent symptoms you can’t shake may be a sign of allergies rather than a viral illness.
If your allergies are bothering you this winter – or any time of year – it’s important to seek out testing and treatment. Haled’s Indoor & Outdoor Allergy Test identifies sensitivities to 50 common indoor and outdoor allergens, all from the comfort of your home. Once your allergies have been identified, your doctor can recommend treatments such as immunotherapy or medications to help manage your allergy symptoms. With the right treatment plan, you can finally get relief from your allergies so you can enjoy winter without worrying about sneezing fits or itchy eyes.
Indoor Allergy Prevention
Another important factor to consider is prevention – there are a few steps you can take to cut down on allergies in your home, such as vacuuming regularly and using air filters. Taking these precautions can make a big difference in the amount of allergies you experience this winter.
Take action against your allergies today! With the right treatment plan, you can finally get relief from allergies so you can enjoy the holiday season without sneezing, itching, congestion, and other irritable symptoms.
Get tested today with Haled in the comfort of your home, and get on track to breathing easier – indoors and outdoors!