Category Archives: Seasonal Allergies

How To Prevent Winter Allergies

Winter months can be rough for people who are allergic to mold spores and dust mites, and holiday decorations may contribute to the problem.

“During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes — any of which can make their lives miserable,” Dr. William Reisacher, director of the Allergy Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said in a medical center news release.

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If you know what’s causing your winter allergies, you can help prevent them.

One way to prevent a winter allergy flare-up is to keep holiday decorations mold-free.

“Mold spores can cause additional problems compared to pollen allergy because mold grows anywhere and needs little more than moisture and oxygen to thrive,” said Dr. Rachel Miller, director of allergy and immunology at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, which is part of the medical center.

Click to read expert advice on avoiding winter allergies.

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Allergies During the Holiday Season

Are holiday allergies keeping you on the sidelines? Take control of your symptoms with these quick tips.

Pass the tissues and antihistamine please — ’tis the season for holiday allergies. Like unwanted gifts, sneezing and congestion arrive, making allergy sufferers miserable and putting a damper on holiday fun.

Fortunately you don’t have to be sidelined from the festivities. Whether it’s symptoms to food, pets, mold or mildew, allergies during the holidays can be beat — with lifestyle changes, medication, and a few simple tips.

Why Allergies Spike During the Holidays

Lots of holiday favorites can trigger or irritate allergies, from food and pets to wood-burning fires and seasonal greenery. And while you may manage allergy symptoms pretty well most of the year, symptoms to indoor allergens like these can really spike during the holiday season.

Why? Blame our tendency to snuggle in when the weather cools.

“You’re in a closed-up house, the heater is on, the windows shut — that’s why indoor allergies get worse in the winter,” says Asriani Chiu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and medicine (allergy/immunology), at the College of Wisconsin. You can do a lot to alleviate holiday allergies — but first you need to know what’s triggering your symptoms to begin with.

Read more about what causes allergies during the holiday season.

The Link Between Allergies And Depression

Depression can be the only symptom for some allergies

Depression and Allergic Reactions

Not All Allergy Symptoms Are Obvious

This winter, millions of Americans will become depressed because of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms of SAD include brain fog, anxiety, irritability, overeating, difficulty concentrating, and depression all of which are thought to occur because of the reduction in daylight. Allergy and asthma sufferers must be especially wary of depression during the winter, as recent studies suggest a strong link between allergies and depression.

A 2006 study at Columbia University’s School of Public Health showed that women with major depression are more likely to have allergies, and allergies appear to be more common in men with nervous, anxious personalities. Researchers cannot fully explain the link between allergies and depression, but they speculate that depression contributes to the development of allergies by impairing the immune system. Conversely, the stress of dealing with chronic allergies may lead to depression. Click to read more about the effects of allergens on your mental health.

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