Seasonal Allergies - Turning to Nature for Allergy Relief
With wintertime just around the corner, many of us are starting to feel the familiar flare of seasonal allergies. While pollen might not be a problem this time of year, plenty of people still suffer from allergy-related symptoms during the colder months.
.In fact, more than 40 million Americans are allergy-prone year-round. Allergies not only cause a great deal of physical discomfort but can lead to issues on a mental and emotional level as well. Here, we go over how you can recognize, treat, and prevent allergies in a safe and natural way.
What Causes Winter Allergies?
During the colder months, we tend to spend most of our time indoors. Our homes are also less well-ventilated due to the fact most people don’t keep windows open or turn on fans over the winter. Because of this, indoor air quality can deteriorate, leading to respiratory irritation and pulmonary problems. Some of the most common allergens found in homes over the winter include:
Let's briefly consider these one at a time:
Pet Dander Causing Allergies
Old skin cells from cats and dogs tend to accumulate in the house over the winter. Skin also tends to dry out during the winter, making pets more susceptible to dander. People with sensitivities often notice their pet allergies flaring up during colder months i.e. they are effectively seasonal allergies.
Dust Mites Causing Allergies
Many people aren’t aware that their home may be teeming with invisible dust mites that can cause allergies when trapped in a stuffy house. These microscopic bugs can live just about anywhere, from dirty ceiling corners to carpeting and upholstery. Because we tend to seal ourselves in during the cold months, this also becomes a seasonal allergy.
Mold and Mildew Causing Allergies
Breathing in mold spores can cause sneezing, itchiness, and a runny nose in people with allergies. Mold is commonly found in damp or humid areas of the household, such as the bathroom or bedroom. Whether this is a seasonal allergy for you, depends very much on the climate in which you live and the susceptibility of your house to damp and mold.
Cockroach Droppings causing Allergies
As anyone who’s had a cockroach infestation knows, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of the creatures once they’ve settled. Cockroaches can cause more damage than just a late-night scare, however. Their droppings can cause an allergic reaction in people who are exposed on a regular basis. In our experience they are particularly prevalent in places where you have left books and various paraphernalia for long term storage - garages for instance.
The Health Effects of Seasonal Allergies
For most people, the symptoms of seasonal allergies aren’t severe. They may experience discomfort, including coughing, sneezing, wheezing, and a runny nose. Inflammation and swelling are also common. For other though, the effects may be more severe or even life-threatening. Itching, hives, and vomiting have been known to occur in some cases, while swelling of the face and throat can dangerously restrict breathing.
Even in cases where symptoms are mild, people can experience secondary complications from the presence of a humidifier in the winter. Adding some moisture to the air helps to prevent skin from drying out during winter months, helping to reduce redness and irritation. It will also prevent your pets from shedding as much dander around the house.
Just make sure not to keep rooms too humid, as this can lead to mold buildup. Furthermore, when it comes to cleaning, make sure to avoid any harmful chemicals that can worsen your symptoms. Always make sure to use all-natural substances that won’t make your allergies worse.
Try Essential Oils
Certain powerful essential oils can be used to help treat allergy symptoms. They contain safe, natural compounds that help to support the immune system and prevent hypersensitivity. Some of the best essential oils for allergies include:
If you have allergies in the wintertime, you’re not alone. Allergies can sap your energy a and dampen your mood, making it difficult to do something as simple as get up in the morning. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can treat allergies without turning to over-the-counter medications.
Using Essential Oils against Seasonal Allergies
We have consistently found that aromatherapy in the home provides consistent and effective relief. The question is - where to begin? We think you should first find your self a nice essential oil diffuser - they're not expensive, simple to use and effective. If you want to know how to choose one - try this article.
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This is a guest post by writer Cassandra Aster