While you don’t spend as much time outside in the winter in Wisconsin, and the trees and grass pollen levels are non-existent, spending time inside allows for more exposure to dust and mold.
It’s easy to think that you simply have a cold, however colds do not usually last more than 10 days and allergies can stick around for weeks or months. If it is indeed allergies, you will see itchy, watery eyes and nose and sneezing.
As always, consult your physician and consider seeing an allergist for testing and treatment.
How can I avoid winter allergies?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Wash showers and sinks with a solution containing 5% bleach and a little detergent.
- To help control dust mites and mold, use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your home below 50%.
- Vacuum & clean frequently, paying attention the bedroom since you spend so many hours in there. If possible, leave the house when cleaning is done.
- Use a HEPA air filter to clean dust from the air.
- Wash bedding in hot water (130 F) each week. Use allergy-proof covers on mattresses, pillows, and comforters.
- If someone in your household is allergic to pet dander, don't let the pet sleep in your bedroom, and give it a bath at least once a week.
- Try opening a window or door on warmer days and try to air out your house right after cleaning so the allergens and dust you've kicked up have a place to escape.