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Allergies Are Present in the Winter Too! What to Be Cautious Of

If you think your allergy troubles are over as we head into the winter, you might be surprised. Winter allergies can make the cold season quite uncomfortable. Let’s take a look at a few things to be cautious of and how you can prevent irritation of your allergies.

Mold Problems

Inside your home, mold can become a problem in places where moisture builds up year round. When winter hits, an increase in outdoor mold occurs due to a proliferation of moisture that comes with the system. These mold spores can easily find their way into your home and irritate your allergies.

Christmas Tree

If you’re going to place a live Christmas tree inside your home, it’s important to be aware of possible respiratory issues that it can cause. Some allergy sufferers have a difficult time dealing with the strong pine scent, but these trees also may bring mold and pollen inside with them.

Winter Pollen

If you live in an area where mountain cedar is common, or will be visiting one during the winter, you may want to avoid these trees (also known as junipers). Mountain cedar pollinates in the winter, which can wreak havoc with allergies

Tips for Reducing Winter Allergies

Dealing with allergies can sometimes be tricky, but if you follow these tips, you should have good success:

  • Wipe down moisture – Inside your home, wipe down areas where moisture tends to accumulate, such as your bathroom and kitchen.
  • Install a UV light system – A great way to deal with mold that gets inside your home from outside is to install UV lights within your HVAC system. These systems eliminate many mold spores, bacteria, viruses and various other organic pollutants.
  • Replace your carpet – Carpets are full of allergens, so if possible, replace your carpet with tile or laminate flooring.
  • Wash bedding – At least once a week, wash your bedding in hot water to kill dust mites.

For more expert advice on winter allergies or any other home comfort questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the friendly professionals at Ross & Witmer. We’ve been serving the needs of Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union and the surrounding areas since 1945.