Autumn and winter can cause problems and discomfort for many people who suffer from allergies. The days are shorter, colder and darker, and the air is damp. Here we look at the ways you can overcome allergies this autumn and winter.
Over the counter allergy medication can help to ease symptoms caused by allergies. This includes a runny nose, watering eyes, coughing, sneezing and wheezing. Consult an ENT specialist, such as London ENT or your GP if you are unsure which medication is best for you.
Some people opt for allergy shots. These injections suppress your immune system to control your allergy symptoms. They are more commonly used for severe seasonal hayfever and are rarely required in the winter months as the risks tend to outweigh the benefits. Talk to your GP or an ENT professional if you would like further information.
A variety of nasal sprays are available, most of them include a small dose of steroid. While nasal sprays are proven to be highly effective at treating allergy symptoms, they may also cause side effects. These include headaches, bleeding, and more rarely nausea, stomach upset and dizziness. Steroid nasal sprays can be purchased over the counter although some require a prescription.
Regularly Wash and Sanitise Your Hands
Pollen, dust, dander and mould spores are among the most common allergens. If these things are in your home, they can cause symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing and coughing. Washing and sanitising your hands frequently will help to limit your contact with these allergens. This is particularly important for pet allergies.
Up Your Cleaning Game
Dust mites, mould spores and dander, are common in homes. These allergens are prevalent in the colder months, so ensuring you have a thorough cleaning routine is important. Wash bedding weekly and ensure all surfaces are wiped down after use. An air purifier is also helpful. If you notice any signs of mould, tackle it immediately. Extractor fans can help to reduce moisture that causes dampness and mould.
Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and even birds can all trigger allergy symptoms. Avoid places that have pets where possible and if you have a pet in your home, make sure you hoover any hairs. If allergy symptoms are severe, then you may have to consider rehoming your pet. It is also sensible to exclude any pets from your bedroom.
Allergies can cause symptoms that can severely impact your physical and mental health. Following these tips above will give you the best chance of beating this problem in the autumn and winter months.
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