Mold and mildew are other common sources of winter allergies. Mold and mildew are actually fall allergens that can be brought into your home by shoes and clothing. The mold and mildew spores live in damp environments and can produce allergy symptoms in winter when conditions are ripe for their growth. Mold and mildew typically appear in yard waste and decaying leaves.
Damp wood often contains mold spores if you keep it outside the home and bring it in for a winter fire. Even if you store the wood inside briefly, you are likely bringing allergens into your home in the process.
Dust mites are also more likely to produce adverse symptoms in winter when you are spending more time indoors. Dust mites may cause several symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and congestion. The symptoms associated with dust mite allergies are similar to the symptoms you may experience with hay fever. Some people with dust mite allergies also have asthma symptoms such as wheezing and breathing problems. Although you cannot see dust mites without a microscope, you can guess that they might be triggering your allergies if your home has a warm and moist environment, which is prime habitat for dust mites.
While these items are not the only ones that cause winter allergies, they are some of the most common sources of allergies among those who suffer from seasonal allergies. In addition to simply suffering from allergy exposure, other lifestyle factors may contribute to your allergies, too. The longer that you spend time indoors during the winter, the more likely it is that you will prolong your allergy symptoms. Additionally, pollen season has been increasing in duration over the past few years, which means that people generally affected by fall allergies may find that their symptoms progress into the winter months. If you find that your allergy symptoms extend from one season to the next, it can be difficult to determine what you are allergic to. To figure out the true source of your allergies, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tottori to get allergy testing and, in turn, get answers.