Of course winter brings allergies too. Winter can be even more frightful for those who are sensitive against dust and similar allergens. Especially youngsters and aged people are targeted by allergies in the winter. Spend more time indoor and you are likely to be the next victim.
Allergies in the Winter
Discussing about the causes, during winter, people tend to spend more time indoor because of the nature of winter season. So, they cannot help but expose themselves to allergens like air dust, smoke, gas fumes, and insecticides resulting in winter allergies. To be more practical, try cleaning your room without wearing protective masks and gloves and you will find yourself sneezing and coughing the whole day.
Some of you may not even find out the earlier symptoms and have no chance to apply the preventive measures. So, what are the common symptoms of allergies in the winter? This common type of allergy we are talking about includes the following symptoms.
• Irritation around the eyes and nose.
• Persistent sneezing.
• Frequent yellowish cough.
• Watery eyes.
Now, the prevention tips. If you recognize the symptoms given by allergies at the very early stage, apply the preventive measures below and there are minimum chances of you being the sufferer. And for those who already saw the symptoms, we still can get rid of it. Go through the treatment tips below.
1. Allergy shots:
Immunotherapy or allergy shots are the most common and effective treatment. These shots help you to bear the allergy symptoms rather than getting irritated with it. In this process, you are given doses of the same allergen you are allergic to. Because of the increase in amount of the allergen, your immune system reacts less to the allergen and reduces allergic symptoms.
Food rich in omega-3 are really very effective. Earlier studies show that people who consume food rich in omega-3 regularly are less likely to be infected by allergies in the winter. Inflammation and irritation can be prevented with omega-3. Food like fish, chia seeds, walnut oil, sea food like oysters, soybeans are very much rich in omega-3. Try them!
3. Use neti pots for rinsing allergens:
Neti pots are widely used in Asian countries for various other purposes. As a treatment for winter allergy, rinsing off the allergens from your nostrils are simple and effective. It helps you to get rid of sinuses and hence the allergy. Easy to use, neti pots are nowadays easier to find even in western countries.
1. Clean your walls and carpets:
Dust stored for a long time in the corners of your wall and carpets can become a challenge to your nose and eyes. Maybe you never notice the corner dusts in your wall and the dust hiding under your carpet. But now, you have to. Keep every corner of your room clean. Make sure you protect yourself with masks and other handy equipments while cleaning or you will end up being the victim with the same dust you are cleaning.
2. Keep yourself clean and hygienic:
You shower every day? Double your frequency. Shower twice a day and clean yourself thoroughly. You may experience the allergic symptoms because you yourself are not so hygienic and the germs in your body may be the cause. Every single time you perform activities like gardening or playing with your pets, wash your hand and feet thoroughly. The key point is to make yourself free of infectious hazards in every possible situation.
3. Make your bedroom super hygienic:
It is the place where you spend your maximum time right? So, make your junction clean. Keep your bedroom untidy and you will get infected in no time. Change your bed sheet every single day, brush you carpet, clean your inner cupboard, pile up your books and materials and so on. Seriously, get to work.
4. Maintain the humidity and temperature: Mold and dust mites are the major cause of allergies in the winter. Maintain the humidity and get rid of the causes. Especially in your private room, use humidifier and arrange the humidity at around 25-40 percent. It will prevent the storage of mold and dust mites in your area.
5. The Christmas tree: It is winter time and you maybe warmed up for Christmas. If you are the one to set up the Christmas tree, make sure to remove all dust from the decoration materials to prevent winter allergies.