If you find yourself sneezing, congested, and have irritated eyes, you're not the only one. Winter allergies are more common than many people realize.
In the spring the main trigger is pollen being released into the air by just about every plant out there. But there is also pollen released in the winter. Evergreen plants are often loved for their dark green color that shows all year long, but this also comes with an extended pollen season.
The most common cause of winter allergies are mountain cedar trees, but pretty much every other evergreen can also contribute to your allergy problems. The trees most often associated with winter allergies are junipers, pines, and cypress trees. As pines are commonly used for Christmas trees this can create issues for people, and they don’t even realize what is happening.
Pollen isn’t the only cause of your winter allergy symptoms though. Mold spores are a major problem when it comes to winter allergies. This problem easily carries from the outdoors in.
If there are a lot of mold spores circulating through the air outside, it is also going to circulate inside your homes. The good news is there are some steps you can take to reduce the effects of winter allergies.
How To Reduce Winter Allergy Symptoms:
- Keep a tidy house. Vacuum regularly, including behind furniture.
- Keep the fabrics in your home clean including clothing, bedding, window treatments, rugs, etc.
- If you have pets, regularly brush and wash them.
- Clean pet bedding regularly.
- Clean your air ducts, vents, fans, and any other devices that move air throughout your home.
- Avoid extreme dryness and humidity.
Winter allergies aren’t something that has to be an issue year after year if the right precautions are taken. The main defense against winter allergies is cleanliness. Don’t skip on dusting, vacuuming, and laundry. If you aren’t one to regularly wash your sheets, it may be time to change that habit.
You spend several hours a night in your room. If you want to wake up rested, make sure your room is clean from the floor to the ceiling. Avoid letting your cats and dogs into your rooms and be sure to take care of yourself. If you can’t breathe properly while sleeping, you won’t get the energy you need for a productive day.
While none of these suggestions will get rid of your allergies, they may help reduce the severity of your symptoms. For a greater cleansing effect introduce houseplants into your home.
Plants are one of the few options you have to actually remove mold and pathogens from the air. The addition of plants along with your cleaning efforts should make the winter season more enjoyable for you. Keep following our posts for more information about houseplants this week.