Most 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.
When it’s cold you crank up your heater, which can make indoor air too dry. A dry nose can lead to nosebleeds and cracking skin. Since your nasal passages are already inflamed from allergies, you’re more likely to develop an infection.
Here are four ways to cope with winter allergies:
Use a Humidifier Instead if a Heater
A humidifier puts moisture back into the air, and keeps your nose and throat moist. Best of all, you won’t be coughing and sneezing so much. Some people report that they snore less, which is always a plus when you share a bed.
Set the humidifier at a maximum of 50%.
Have Someone Else Clean the House
When you’re dusting and sweeping, you can trigger an allergic reaction, so assign housecleaning duties to someone without allergies. If you can afford it, hire a housecleaner to clean the house from top to bottom.
Don’t Use Chemicals
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 a room an attractive look, but it’s also a favorable environment for dust mites. Room size rugs come in all types of colors and patterns that can brighten up any room.