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When most people think of allergies, they think of spring or fall. The truth is that anyone can have allergies at any time of the year. Case in point: Wintertime allergies. At Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group we would love it if our clients could enjoy the winter without need for allergy treatments but the truth is that there are certain triggers that can make wintertime allergies worse for certain people.
Read on to learn more about the most common causes of allergies in the winter. If you are suffering and want help finding the right treatment, or you need to be tested for allergies, contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 to make an appointment.
Most people, even in temperate climates like Southern California, spend more time indoors in the winter than during other times of the year. As a result, a person with a sensitivity or allergy to dust mites is likely to suffer more during the winter months. Those who suffer this type of condition are most likely to notice the symptoms right after sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming.
At Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group we can offer treatments for dust mite allergies. We can also provide tips to reduce your exposure depending on your specific lifestyle and needs. For example, if you are remodeling your home we recommend hardwood floors over carpet. We also recommend using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and changing the air filter in your home every second month.
Mold thrives in cool, damp environments – and winter has plenty of that. Your bathroom and kitchen in particular are highly likely to have mold. We recommend using a dehumidifier to get rid of moisture. When you spill something, clean it up right away. Finally, when cleaning up any mold you find, make sure you wear a mask to prevent inhaling it.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American estimates that anywhere from 15-30% of all people who suffer from allergies are allergic to pet dander. Though a person allergic to dander can have symptoms all year long, pets tend to spend more time inside in the winter, which can make symptoms worse. Once again, we can provide treatments and tips to prevent exposure, such as keeping pets out of the bedroom and couches.
If you are having a terrible time this winter, we highly recommend that you contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 now for an appointment. We accept many insurance plans and offer comprehensive help to first diagnose and then treat your allergies. No one should have to suffer through an entire season with a runny nose and watering eyes.