How to prevent allergies from reoccurring in winter

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28 Oct 2023

How to prevent allergies from reoccurring in winter

      As we enter the winter season, many people may experience worsened allergy symptoms due to the change in cold weather, especially those with allergies, sinusitis, or asthma. It's important to take extra care of your health during this time to prevent allergy flare-ups.

Causes of Allergic Diseases

  • Genetics : If parents have a history of allergies or asthma, the risk of children developing these conditions is higher. 
  • Weather Conditions : Being in places with extreme heat or cold, and high humidity can trigger allergy symptoms or irritation.
  • Environment : Being near smokers or in areas with chemicals or pollutants in the air can also lead to allergic reactions.
Common Winter Diseases
  • Allergic Rhinitis : During winter, those with allergic rhinitis often experience symptoms like sneezing, itchy nose, nasal congestion, and runny nose more frequently. Two main causes are cold and dry air, which can exacerbate symptoms, and viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold or flu, which are more prevalent in winter and can trigger allergic rhinitis.
  • Asthma : In the winter, individuals with asthma may have more frequent asthma attacks and increased wheezing due to the cold air, which can be a trigger for asthma symptoms. Other factors contributing to worsening asthma symptoms during this season include viral respiratory infections and the concurrent presence of allergic rhinitis.
  • Atopic Dermatitis : Those with atopic dermatitis (eczema) may experience more severe symptoms in winter, including itchy, red, and inflamed skin. Cold weather can lead to dry and irritated skin, making eczema symptoms worse.
Ways to prevent allergies in the winter:
  • Stay Warm with Thick Clothing : People with allergies are more sensitive to cold air, so it's essential to keep your body warm at all times, especially in cold regions.
  • Take Vitamin C : Vitamin C helps boost your immune system, reducing the risk of catching colds. It's an essential supplement for allergy sufferers during the winter months.
  • Avoid Cold Showers : While taking a cold shower at room temperature is generally good for your skin, it may not be suitable for those with allergies. Opt for warm showers instead, especially if you are prone to skin dryness or irritation.
  • Avoid Swimming : While exercise is essential year-round, people with allergies should avoid activities that involve prolonged exposure to cold water, such as swimming.
  • Pay Special Attention to Your Diet : Regardless of the season, your body needs a balanced diet. However, during the winter, try to avoid very cold foods like ice cream and smoothies, and opt for warm beverages instead.

      Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender, and often worsen when the body is weak or has a low immune response. Taking care of your health and considering allergy vaccinations can help reduce the risk of allergies. This winter, if you want to avoid getting sick, don't forget to follow these health tips.



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