Consider putting on your detective hat when it comes to pinpointing sickness during the winter. Solving this mystery could hinge on recognizing an often forgotten suspect!
Check out these suspicious symptoms:
Some people may think that has to be a cold or maybe the flu. Sorry! Those are all allergy symptoms caused by dust, pollen or mold.
Another big clue: a cold usually doesn’t hang around for more than ten days. However, allergies can last for weeks and even months.
If you have seasonal allergies, like from pollen in the spring, you might think a break is on the way during the winter.
But when we spend more time inside, some folks might notice indoor allergies — such as dust mites and mold — more.
Dust mites are tiny bugs that flourish in mattresses and bedding. They can cause allergy symptoms when their droppings and remains become airborne.
Mold is a fungus that thrives in damp, humid areas of the house — like bathrooms. When mold spores get into the air, they can also trigger allergy symptoms.
Lastly, there’s bad news for pet owners: a protein found in pet dander, saliva and urine can also create allergy symptoms.
See your doctor if those symptoms last more than a week. They may refer you to an allergist who may give you a skin or blood test.
If the allergist confirms you have winter allergies, there are several remedies:
Unfortunately, there’s no way to prevent allergies. However, these simple steps can help you to avoid trouble during the winter:
As for pet owners: Don’t let dogs or cats sleep in the bedroom — and bathe them at least once a week.Case closed!