Winter Weather Allergy Symptoms
Posted by Craig on Friday, January 04, 2008 reports that as the weather gets colder, many people will experience allergy symptoms that seem out of place during the winter.

Dust mites: primary winter allergens. Dr. Shawn McKay, an ENT specialist in Florence, SC, says, "The allergies we worry about during the winter months are primarily dust mite. In fact, if I could only test and treat for one allergen, it would be dust mites."

He says the most common treatment for dust mite allergy is using impervious covers on pillows and mattresses.

Dry air can be a problem in the winter, too.

"When the humidity levels go down and the heat turns on, the nose can dry out and that can cause congestion and possibly bleeding," says Dr. McKay.

To ease the discomfort of nasal dryness, use a saline irrigation system.

"Also, it may help to have a humidifier in the bedroom where they sleep," he said. "Most people are breathing through their nose for several hours at a time when they are sleeping."

Cold weather also means much more time spent indoors - with windows and doors sealed tightly. Use an air purifier to filter airborne allergens and pollutants.

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