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Winter allergies: Here are some causes, symptoms & diagnosis

We people think that during the winter season, staying indoor is the best option to get rid of allergies, sickness, etc. Hence, this is the fallacious thinking of people. 

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Winter allergies: Here are some causes, symptoms & diagnosis

We people think that during the winter season, staying indoor is the best option to get rid of allergies, sickness, etc. Hence, this is the fallacious thinking of people.

At the time of summers, we try to avoid seasonal pollen allergies, however, unable to avoid this in winter. In addition, a home can also contribute to sickness due to winter allergens such as molds, dust mites, and animal dander. The main winter indoor allergen is either animal dander or cockroach allergen.

Causes of winter allergies

  • Due to cold in winters, we lit our house furnaces, and because of that, the airborne dust circulates in the atmosphere which contains lint, fabric fiber, bacteria, food material, and animal dander, becoming the major cause of sickness.
  • Due to a lack of humidity in the arid climate, there is a low level of dust mite allergen which is important for dust-mite survival.
  • Dust mites are the microscopic bugs that flourish in mattresses and bedding. Their droppings and remains become airborne causing allergy.
  • Mold is the fungus that thrives in damp, humid areas such as basements and bathrooms. And when mold spores get to mix up with the atmosphere, they can trigger allergy too.
  • Animals are the main cause due to their dander, saliva, and urine.

Symptoms of winter allergies

Allergy symptoms are caused by dust, pollen, or mold which includes:

  • Coughing
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Itchy eyes and nose
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes

Diagnosis of winter allergies

If you are sick for more than a week then you should definitely consult a doctor. Therefore, consulting to an allergist can also be preferred.

The allergist will look to your skin and do a test where he scratches your skin and if the area turns red and itchy, you’re allergic. A blood test is also a way to diagnose the same allergy.

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