With the cold weather coming and making you spend more time indoors, you may begin experiencing indoor allergies.
What is it? If you have allergies such as mold and dust mites, you may notice your allergy symptom When it gets cold and your furnace kicks on, it sends dust, mold spores, and insect parts into the air. They can get into your nose and launch a reaction more during winter, when you spend more time inside.
What are common indoor allergy triggers?
Dust mites. These microscopic bugs flourish in mattresses and bedding. When their droppings and remains become airborne, they can cause allergy symptoms.
Mold. This fungus thrives in damp, humid areas such as basements and bathrooms. When mold spores get into the air, they can trigger allergy symptoms.
Animals. Most people are not allergic to animal fur, but rather to a protein found in the pet dander, saliva, and urine.
What are the symptoms and how can I tell if it’s an allergy? Common indoor allergy symptoms include:
Dark circles under the eyes
Itchy eyes and nose
A cold usually doesn’t last for more than 10 days. Allergies can linger for weeks or even months. Also, colds and flu sometimes have a fever and aches and pains, which don’t usually happen with allergies.
What should I do if I think I’m experiencing allergies? Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.
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