Why are my allergies worse in winter?

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asked Oct 24, 2020 in Other- Health by Farabaugh (470 points)
Why are my allergies worse in winter?

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answered Oct 26, 2020 by Lilly21 (57,780 points)
Allergies can become worse in winter because you're cooped up with the heating going.

There's less ventilation in the winter in your home because you have to have the heat going which keeps all that dust, dust mites and other allergens inside your home.

Your furnace can also spread those allergens around as it blows the hot air through your house.

Make sure to change your furnace filter and clean your furnace vents out to remove any dust and other debris that can get spread through the air.

Winter allergies can be triggered by the dust in your home that can get spread through your home through your furnace.

Common signs and symptoms of winter allergies are sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, coughing and postnasal drip, and itchy eyes, nose and throat.

In the winter months there can be dust build up in your furnace vents and other allergens in the furnace vents that gets airborne when the air is pushed through the vents.

Some dust particles can be so tiny that you don't even notice them.

I would recommend checking your furnace filter and making sure your furnace vents are clean and free of dust.

A good furnace air duct cleaning service can clean your furnace vents out to keep the dust down.

Also the air is dryer in your home which can trigger allergies so you should add a humidifier to your furnace or use a portable humidifier in your home.

Some other things that can trigger winter allergies are pet dander, dust mites, mold and cockroach droppings as well as other insect droppings.

You may also just be allergic to something outside in the air even during winter.

Most allergies occur during spring and warmer months but in the winter you can suffer from allergies too.

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