What indoor allergies to watch out for this winter

Indoor allergies

What indoor allergies to watch out for this winter

This year, we’ve all spent more time indoors than we’d like. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to change as we head into winter. The cold, dreary weather is something we all want to avoid, preferring to stay indoors and keep nice and warm.

But for allergy sufferers, you could potentially be locking yourself in with things that send your allergies into overdrive. Indoors with the windows shut might keep the cold out, but it’ll also keep the allergens in. So what should you look out for this winter? What might be setting your allergies off?

Mould

No homeowner wants to find mould where they live. You dread finding some growing in a dark, damp corner of your kitchen, bathroom, or maybe even your bedroom. But that worry doubles if you have an allergy.

Mould spores can trigger an allergic reaction, leading to runny noses, sneezing, or irritation. It has also been known to trigger people with asthma and those with eczema.

It can get harder to manage in winter because you don’t always want to open the windows for ventilation. You have to decide between keeping the cold out or airing a damp room. So be mindful during the winter months to keep things dry to prevent mould.

Pet dander

Everyone loves their pets. And those without one probably wish they had one to keep them company. If you have a beloved cat or dog, you have to watch out for their dander. This is the skin they shed, but people can also react to their saliva.

So when a pet sheds their fur, the particles that fall can trigger some people’s allergies. This can become a problem if you let them use the same furniture as you, such as the sofa or bed.

The best way to deal with this is to vacuum regularly. Don’t let the dander sit for too long; try to make it a daily occurrence if you can. And wash anything they have come in contact with that you likely will too.

Dust mites

Blink and you’ll miss them, these small mites can cause massive trouble for people with allergies. It isn’t the dust mite that causes the allergy, though – it’s their droppings. It can easily set off people’s hay fever, asthma, or eczema.

Annoyingly, dust mites like to appear anywhere with soft furnishings, such as carpets or sofas, but the bedroom is a particular hotspot.

How can you help the situation? It’s very similar to mould; dust mites like humid environments, so ventilation is key. Try opening windows for a couple of hours when you aren’t in the room. And wash your sheets regularly, especially if you’re reacting to something and you’re not quite sure what.

If you find yourself suffering from a mysterious allergy this winter and you aren’t sure what it is, make sure to consult an allergy specialist. They can let you know how to handle your allergies during the winter months. In the meantime, stay safe, stay warm, and stay healthy.

At Allergy Clinic London, we have the allergy expertise you need to live a stress-free life. To talk to someone about your allergies, contact us on 02031 433 449.

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