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Winter is on the Way: Do You Know How to Reduce Your Allergy Reactions?

Winter is on the Way: Do You Know How to Reduce Your Allergy Reactions?

It is true that many people experience spring and summer pollen as the worst asthma hazard, there are plenty of other challenges in the winter months too. As the temperatures go down, many people actually have worsening symptoms. If that is the case for you, consider taking these steps to reduce your allergies this winter. Remember that your local allergist is ready to work with you to find the best plan.

Stay Away from Fireplaces

It might be true that a wood stove, a fireplace, or an outdoor bonfire are great for keeping you warm on a cool night, they can have a negative impact on your lungs. If you can smell the lovely smoke smell of a cozy fire, then you are breathing in particles of smoke that have the potential to irritate your lungs. Not only can this have an immediate effect on allergies and asthma, but it can also add up over time and increase your chance of certain cancers and bronchitis.

Keep Your Stress Under Control

This might sound easier said than done, but it is important to remember that stress can have a huge impact on your allergy symptoms and reactions. Stress can reduce the effectiveness of your immune system and make you more susceptible to asthma attacks. This is because stress can cause physical changes in your body, such as increasing inflammation of your airways. If you find yourself feeling stress, take a moment to stop and breathe.

Wear a Scarf Even When it is Not “Freezing”

Most people think of wearing a scarf only when it is snowing or similarly cold. The truth is that if you walk outside and the air is much cooler than the air inside, your lungs can get quite the shock. This can trigger an asthma attack and an allergy response. This doesn’t mean you have to hide inside all winter, but it does mean that if you are planning to go out and it is at least 10 degrees cooler outside your home than it is inside, it is best to cover your nose and mouth with a scarf to prevent an issue.

Take Care of Your Overall Health

Asthma and allergies are caused by and linked to other health conditions. If you take care of your overall health, you will have a better chance of avoiding the worst of allergies and asthma. For example, chronic sinus infections can trigger asthma attacks. Getting the flu can make all other medical conditions worse, so get your flu shot. Make sure you get enough sleep so your body can best protect you.

If you need the opinion of an experienced asthma and allergy specialist, we urge you to contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 to make an appointment today.