5 Top Ways to Prevent Winter Allergies

Monday, 06 Jan 2014 03:24 AM

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As the weather cools and pollen counts decline with the onset of winter, people battling to prevent allergies from pollen may be heaving a sigh of relief as their allergy symptoms decline significantly. However, woe to people who need to prevent allergies that winter brings!

To prevent allergies, it is important to understand symptoms like rashes and chapped skin, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and feeling congested and run down. Winter is not normally considered allergy season, but for sufferers trying to prevent allergies brought on by the cooler weather, it brings a rich haul of symptoms that cause serious concern and need immediate relief.

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The first thing to track and prevent allergies is to identify them and the remedies that can prevent the allergies and bring immediate relief to the symptoms. However, even before this, it is important to know the difference between symptoms of winter allergies and the symptoms of the common cold.
 
Allergist Steven H. Cohen says, “Colds come, they're there for three, five, seven days, and then they go away, but allergy symptoms persist for much longer and may be intermittent."
 
Allergy symptoms include coughing, dark circles under the eyes, itchy and watery eyes and nose, a runny nose, and sneezing. When these symptoms occur, it becomes important to prevent allergies and decide on the remedies that will provide relief.

Though summer is gone, the pollen may still be present in the air. This can enter your lungs and sinuses, causing allergy symptoms. To prevent such allergies, the remedies involve the use of filters for cleaning dust and for bringing relief from lingering summer allergens.

Molds are a particularly strong allergen. Due to the damp environment in colder months with less sunlight and heat, mold has the opportunity to grow and multiply. It is very tough to stamp out all sources of molds. Effective remedies to prevent allergies involve cleaning your environs with a solution containing 5 percent bleach and a little detergent and using dehumidifiers to regulate the humidity in your home to below 50 percent. This can provide relief and prevent allergies.

Colder weather means pets are more likely to remain indoors. Pet dander can really accumulate during winters. Being lightweight, it turns airborne and causes allergy symptoms. Closed and damp environs are also a breeding ground for mites and other household pests. To prevent allergies, the remedies include proper cleaning and brushing of pets and airing out of bedding to ensure relief from symptoms.
 
With the increased use of cosmetics and lotions that are loaded with perfumes and with more frequent festivities in winters, the allergic infections caused due to perfumes and rich food can increase. To prevent such allergies and get relief, it is important to avoid perfume-laden substances and food allergens as remedies to immediately prevent allergies. These preventive remedies can provide immediate relief to symptoms.
 
Allergic treatments include antihistamines and decongestants that reduce sneezing, sniffling, and itching, and clear mucus to relieve congestion and swelling, respectively. These remedies can bring you relief when the prior remedies to prevent allergies do not work.

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