It doesn’t always snow in Phoenix, AZ during wintertime, although local residents still need to prepare for cooler temperatures. Forty-five degree weather is not uncommon from December to January. This means that some locals are likely to spend more time at home, which can make them at risk of winter allergies according to KCTV news reporter Alice Barr.
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) – Spring’s over, summer’s done, but health experts warn people to not put away the allergy medicines just yet because another allergy season has arrived.
Many think that allergies go away when the weather gets colder and there’s less pollen floating around, but health officials say there are just as many problems inside a home that can spark allergies when people are shut in all winter long.
Jessica Stine knows all too well that her allergies don’t take a couple of months off.
“There are days where I’m so congested that I just want to take some medicine and go to bed and kind of sleep through it,” she said.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be entirely defenseless against allergy-causing dust mites and pet dander during the cold season. Frequent cleaning and vacuuming can help, as well as replacing dirty filters in heating systems and humidifiers. Meanwhile, to minimize exposure to pet dander, it’s best to keep your pets out of your bedroom. These methods may prove insufficient in extreme cases, however.
In addition, it is important to distinguish between winter allergies and common cold symptoms. Winter allergy sufferers experience itchy eyes and throats, and exhibit clear and watery secretions from their nasal passages. Patients infected with the cold virus, on the other hand, release secretions of an unsightly color and are likely to feel body aches. In any case, it’s best to turn to trusted allergy doctors in Phoenix for some much-needed relief before your symptoms worsen and lead to further complications like sinus problems.
Despite the best proactive measures, however, it’s still impossible to be fully impervious to allergies during the winter season. In any case, it’s better to be prepared and to educate yourself on how to manage winter allergy symptoms. You can consult with a reliable Phoenix allergy doctor from practices like Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Winter allergies are here, kctv5.com, 3 November 2013)