There are days when I feel like I am allergic to everything known to man. I alternate between constantly blowing my nose to being so congested that I can’t breathe. It’s particularly embarrassing if you’re sneezing your head off in a restaurant or at the grocery store.
Many people get allergies in the springtime when the pollen count is high, but indoor allergens such as dust mites, pets, mold, and cockroach droppings can make you miserable in the winter.
If you’re feeling cold, cranking up the heater seems to be a good idea, but it can make the indoor air too dry. This dry air can cause nosebleeds and cracking skin. Since your nasal passages are already inflamed from allergies, you’re more likely to develop an infection.
Here are four tips to cope with winter allergies:
Use a Humidifier
Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapor to help keep the air in a room moist. When used correctly, a humidifier may help improve your indoor air.
Some people report that they snore less, which is always a plus if you are sharing a bed.
Hire A Housekeeper
When you’re dusting and sweeping, you can trigger an allergic reaction and end up feeling miserable.
This is where it is a good idea to hire a housecleaner. This would be at the top of my list even if I wasn’t suffering from winter allergies. Who doesn’t love a clean house when someone else does the work?
Don’t Clean with Chemicals
Common home cleaning chemical ingredients that can be irritating include:
- Sodium lauryl sulphate
- Sodium hypochlorite
These chemicals may be found in furniture polish, dish detergents, disinfectants, and mildew removers.
Use common household items such as vinegar and salt to clean surfaces. For ventilation, open windows, and boil cinnamon and cloves to freshen the air.
Use Rugs Instead of Carpet
Wall-to-wall carpeting gives any room a more attractive look, but it is also a favorable environment for dust mites. Invest in a good room-size rug. They come in all types of colors and patterns and are easier to clean.
Yes, winter allergies are a pain in the neck, but by taking small steps to limit allergy triggers, you can feel a lot better.
Try these tips and see what works for you. You can’t put a price on your health.