Most people suffer from outdoor allergens like Pollen. But did you know that in the winter, when we’re indoors for much of the day, there are many indoor allergens that could be the reason for your runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, scratchy throat, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and clear nasal discharge? Some may even think it is a cold, but it could be winter allergies.
Indoor allergens can be stirred up by central heating systems. Even the cleanest home has household dust which is an airborne mixture of dander, particles of plant material, fabric fibers, mold spores, dust mites and fragments of dead insects, food particles and other debris. The same symptoms that one associates with seasonal allergies – runny nose, sneezing and continual coughing, can present in the winter from indoor allergens. Also, Indoor allergens may provoke or worsen asthma symptoms.
The doctors at Asthma and Allergy Associates can identify the triggers for these winter allergies and advise appropriate measure of avoidance or prescribe medications for your symptoms. Another popular treatment is desensitization, also known as allergy shots to treat or even eliminate the need for allergy medications.
To get more information regarding indoor winter allergies, or to schedule an appointment with one of our allergen professionals, give the staff at Asthma and Allergy Associates a call today and feel better tomorrow!