The winter can be a terrible time for people suffering from allergies. Yes, grass and tree pollen is almost all but gone, but that doesn’t mean other allergens aren’t lurking both inside and outside the home. Taking the time, and some money, to prepare for winter allergies will help those that dread this cold time of year.
If nothing is done to curb allergic reactions, the home can become a place that contributes to sickness. Make your house a sanctuary that is safe and comfortable.
One of the biggest causes of winter home allergies are closed windows. A closed window means that less fresh air can get in, so individuals tend to breath all the stuff that is being kicked up and circulated through the air. Common allergens for wintertime sufferers include:
- Animal dander
- Fabric fibers
- Food materials
- Dust mites
- Pest droppings
Because there is worse circulation in the house, individuals are now breathing in these particles. A homeowner should make sure to keep the filters on their HVAC unit clean, which means cleaning them or replacing them. If allergic symptoms are particularly bad in the home at this time of the year, a person should consider getting HVAC filters that have high MERV-ratings.
There are lots of other small things a person can do, like buying hypoallergenic bedding, taking off shoes when getting in the home, and not letting pets in the bedroom, but all those options are short term solutions.
Come and visit our allergist in Willow Grove to find out how allergy shots can prepare your body to enjoy all seasons.