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Living With Indoor Allergies

With cooler weather, you may notice your spring allergies have gone away and you’re able to breathe better. However, if you think that allergens aren’t present during the winter, think again. If you spend more time indoors during the cold months, you may notice an increase in allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, wheezing, and itchy, watery eyes. That’s because winter often introduces new and exacerbated indoor allergy symptoms.  

What causes allergies during the winter?

While freezing temperatures bring an end to seasonal pollen allergies, millions of people are living with winter allergies due to the increased time spent indoors during cool weather. Common indoor allergens, including molds, dust mites and animal dander, are often worse in the winter months. 


Nothing is worse than finding out you or your child are allergic to your pet. Often, individuals believe that their animal’s fur causes their allergy symptoms, but it is actually their dander. Pet dander is composed of tiny, microscopic, flecks of skin shed by cats and dogs. This dead skin can cause reactions in people who are specifically allergic to these triggers.

Avoidance is the best way to manage a pet allergy. This doesn’t mean you need to part with your furry family member. Follow these tips to avoid triggering your pet allergy:

  • Keep your pet out of your bedroom and off of furniture 
  • Wash your hands after playing with or petting your pet
  • Vacuum floors regularly
  • Bathe and brush your pet weekly

Dust Mites 

Dust mites are the most common cause of year-round indoor allergies. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that flourish in mattresses, bedding, carpeting, and furniture. Often, you’ll notice your symptoms immediately after sweeping, dusting or vacuuming, when you’ve stirred up dust. 

You can lessen or avoid your allergy symptoms by removing items that cause dust allergies. You can keep your mattress and pillows in dustproof or allergen-blocking covers. These covers are made of tightly-woven fabric to prevent dust mites from colonizing or escaping from the mattress or pillows. You may also want to wash your bedding, such as sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bed covers, once a week in hot water to kill dust mites and remove allergens.


Molds live inside and outside of your home. There are many types of mold, but only certain kinds of mold cause allergies. Mold can grow virtually anywhere if the conditions are right. They often thrive in moist places like bathrooms and kitchens.

You can reduce your allergy symptoms by avoiding contact with the mold spores. Try limiting your outdoor activities when mold counts are high and wear a dust mask when doing yard work. To reduce your exposure to mold spores inside your home, use central air conditioning, lower your indoor humidity, quickly repair any plumbing leaks, and always remove carpet from places where it can get wet and allow for mold to build up. 

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It is important to understand what is causing your allergy symptoms and how you can manage them this winter. Act today and make an appointment with Dr. Marc Dean at the Ear and Sinus Institute!


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