Most people associate spring and fall with typical allergy seasons, winter is often relegated to the time of year everyone seems to be sick — whether it’s a cold, the flu or some awful combination thereof. But winter allergies are a real issue for many people — and they can put a damper on winter holiday festivities. So don’t sit out your ski trip or call it early on New Year’s Eve — tackle those allergies with some smart technology designed to keep your home’s air and surfaces cleaner.
First, it’s important to determine whether what you’re experiencing is allergies or an actual cold.
Winter allergies can start when it gets cold and it becomes time to turn on your furnace. Doing so can send dust, mold spores, and insect parts into your indoor environment. These allergens can then be breathed in through your nose, causing an allergic reaction.
According to the Washington Post, some people “react to dust mites or mold spores as if it they were a pathogen. There’s an antibody response and an inflammatory cascade of events that leads to the classic symptoms — itchy eyes, runny nose and sneezing.”
The three biggest causes of winter allergies are dust mites, mold and animals.
- Dust mites are tiny bugs that thrive in mattresses and bedding. When their fecal matter becomes airborne, it can cause an allergic and/or asthmatic reaction in people who are allergic.
- Mold loves damp, humid areas like basements, piles of leaves, laundry rooms and bathrooms. If mold spores become airborne and are inhaled, they can cause allergy symptoms.
- And Pets! Oh — we love our four legged friends, but when it’s cold outside, they’re often inside with us (as they should be!) — which means we’re exposed to a little more of them then we should; their dander.
The Washington Post reports that “…while they are caused by different things, both a virus and an allergen set off your body’s immune responses. That’s why symptoms overlap — a runny or stuffy nose, a cough and sore throat, and fatigue. Some symptoms are more likely to occur with allergies, such as itchiness of the eyes, ears and back of the throat. Other symptoms, such as aches and fever, indicate a viral infection.”
Allergies are also longer-lasting. A cold should come and go within a week; allergies can linger an entire season.
1. Invest in a high quality HEPA air purifier to remove particulates from the indoor air that you breathe.
2. Use a humidifier to help alleviate dry air and relieve your sinuses
3. Try a steam cleaner or steam mop to help sanitize floors from dust and allergens.
Allergy Buyers Club offers a large variety of products designed to eliminate as many allergy and asthma triggers as possible in your indoor space.
Our Top Picks:
The ultimate germ destroying steam mop from PowerSteam; the XR500 heats up faster and provides more consistent steam for cleaning virtually any surface. This 2-in-1 steam mop uses powerful steam to pull dirt and grime up and away from the pours of hard surfaces such as hardwood floors, tile, marble and grout.
Lighter than full-size vacuum cleaners, easier to maneuver and less bulky for convenient storage, the Veridian Endeavor cordless stick vacuum makes quick work of everyday messes. With all the power of a high-performance stick vac and the versatility of a hand vac, the Endeavor is a top choice for cleaning multiple floor types plus above floor surfaces.
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