Winter Allergies - How to Stay Healthy

  • Some people get relief from their allergies this time of year. I'm not one of them... How about you?

     

    You see, it all depends on what you are allergic to. "Lucky" seasonal allergy sufferers usually find that this time of year, pollen is pretty much nonexistent, as are mold spores, at least if a frost has hit your area by now.

     

    The exception is people who live in more temperate areas that may not get frosts or at least not until deep winter hits. But even for those folks, pollen levels should be much lower, and symptoms much less.

     

    But for those of us who are also allergic to indoor triggers, there is no respite this time of year, at least not enough of one. I'll admit that my symptoms aren't quite as severe once the pollen and outdoor mold counts go down, but I'm never really without some kind of symptoms. And if you're an indoor allergy sufferer, you probably feel the same.

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    Winter Allergy Triggers

     

    As I said, the allergens around this time of year are mostly the type found indoors, such as pet dander, indoor mold, insect droppings and dust mites. And those are all allergens that can be difficult to totally eliminate from your indoor living space, no matter how hard you try.

     

    Any efforts you make, however, can be well worth it. Here are some previous posts that may help with those efforts:

    But this time of year, with the holidays approaching, there can also be some triggers specific to the holidays, such as dusty decorations, wood smoke, moldy Christmas tree trunks, and so on.

     

    I discuss those in more detail, along with giving some tips for dealing with them here: 5 Common Holiday Triggers & How to Avoid Them

     

    Cedar Fever - Scourge of the South!

     

    One last mention... if you live in the south (or Texas, which I prefer to think of as the southwest), you could also be feeling the effects of cedar fever this time of year. Cedar trees, for some reason, pollinate during the winter months.

     

    So people who live in areas where this happens could suffer from severe pollen allergies this time of year too. I posted more info on this here.

     

    In Summary

     

    This is not the time to become lax in managing your allergies, if your allergens are still lurking in your environment. Keep taking your antihistamine medicines, avoid the allergens as much as you can and keep in touch with your doctor if things do get out of control.

     

    And also, get plenty of rest, eat healthy and in general make healthy lifestyle choices, as those actions will keep you healthier overall!

Published On: December 08, 2011