In the meantime, you might be experiencing sneezing or watery eyes and assume it’s caused by a cold or flu. For those not familiar with winter allergens, that might be exactly what you’re dealing with - especially if your symptoms carry on for several weeks.
In cooler climates, some of the most common winter allergens include:
These allergens are present throughout the year, but you may begin to notice them more due to staying indoors more often. This can be especially true when the heat kicks on for the first time(s) in the season, circulating the above allergens and possibly more. Dust mites may also be living in your holiday decorations and trees throughout the year, too! (Live trees may have pollen on them instead of dust).
Recommendations for dealing with indoor winter allergens:
For those in warmer (and drier) climates, you may be experiencing less allergens like those in cooler climates are but there are other allergens to consider looking out for. Tree species, such as willows, junipers, elms, maples, alders, and birches (to name a few) can begin pollinating as early as February.
In winter months, central and south Texas, for example, deals with mountain cedar pollen, also known as “cedar fever.” Particularly warm and mild winters can cause some pollinating plants like ragweed to persist through autumn and into winter months around the country.
If you live in warmer regions where these types of allergies are common, you can:
Whether you live in a warmer or cooler region, it’s important to be conscious of your health and avoiding allergies. Just remember to consult your doctor or other medical professional if you have health concerns due to allergies or illness.