Attack of The Allergies During Winter Season
Allergy attacks can come from a variety of sources for people who suffer from hay fever, skin, digestive or medicinal allergies.
Most people consider allergy to be a not so serious problem, maybe because they are generally not life-threatening or debilitating. Many people are affected from allergies in the winter, the symptoms which are nasal congestion, runny noses, sneezing, and all sorts of other uncomfortable symptoms that accompany inflammation-causing reactions to allergens.
So, while it’s true that seasonal allergies tend to improve for most people during winter, not everybody enjoys such a reprieve in the discomforts of allergies during the cooler months.
Common Winter Allergens and Irritants
Allergic asthma symptoms may come and go at any time of the year. Winter presents some unique challenges, for the reason that both indoor and outdoor triggers can set off symptoms. Being indoors so much exposes you to substances that you might not notice so much when you are splitting your time between the indoors and outdoors during the other seasons. Plus, activating the furnace can awaken dust, pollen and other allergens from filters, vents and carpets.
What factors may causes an allergy to develop?
As temperatures cool, people begin spending additional time indoors, increasing their exposure to the allergens that are found indoors, such as mold, dust mites, indoor pets, as well as those found in substances like perfumes.
For a young child whose parents both are afflicted by allergies, the risk of being allergic may be as large as 75%. For a child who’s either one of the parents are afflicted by an allergy, the risk may go right down to 50%. Family history is thus, of prime importance with regards to susceptibility of inheritable diseases.
This fungus thrives in damp, humid areas such as basements, cellars and bathrooms. When its spores get in to the air, they can trigger allergy symptoms. Although a lot of people believe they are allergic to Christmas trees, it’s not the trees, but the mould that may collect on them that is more prone to cause allergy symptoms.
Immunocompromised individuals, elderly, children and pregnant women tend to be more under the risk of developing an allergy than any other individual. Crash diets and prolonged fasting may also strip your body of the nutrients it requires for protection against different agents.
Early exposure to antibiotics
Children who’re given antibiotics, especially those under the age of under 6 months are 52% more susceptible to be allergic later in their lives.
It’s now a known fact that our lifestyle and diet play a massive role in maintaining overall health. Color additives like cochineal and carmine dye, that are usually used to add color to our read-made jams and confectionaries, can trigger allergies.
Abnormal temperature rise and drops and fluctuating rainfall spells bring about an increase in the number of weeds that leave allergic pollen grains. Wind-blown dust carries these pollen grains to new places, affecting more people.