Dealing With Winter Allergies

Dr. Neeta Ogden explains winter allergies causes and best ways to treat them.
6:01 | 11/28/11

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As the air gets colder many allergy sufferers breathe a sigh of relief as the fall pollen season and but not so fast for many allergy symptoms in the winter can be just as severe. Here to explain his adult and pediatric allergist doctor needs and that -- -- -- -- CEO and keep happening so people think that the pollen in the spraying and the fall is the real problem but there can be winter allergies as well I. Yes definitely a lot of people suffer from wintertime allergies and the reason is because. We're spending more time indoors that means more exposure to indoor allergens. This includes just plain. Lawns and animal dander they're actually also other allergic conditions -- get -- in the winter her. Eczema and asthma -- aggravated in the winter because of the cold air and the -- As the air gets -- many allergy sufferers breathe a sigh of relief as the fall pollen season and but not so fast for many allergy symptoms in the winter can be just -- severe. Here to explain his adult and pediatric allergist doctor needs and that I've been great to see at Yankee fan and so people think that the pollen in the spring and the fall is the real problem but there can be winter allergies as well -- Yes definitely a lot of people suffer from wintertime allergies and the reason is because. We're spending more time indoors that means more exposure to indoor allergens. This includes just -- -- and animal -- Actually also other allergic conditions -- get -- in the -- her. Eczema and asthma an aggravated -- -- because of the cold air and the constant. Colds and infection which can trigger asthmatic -- actually as a what are the symptoms of wintertime maladies -- the same there is some overlapping typically what you see is set. Wintertime allergies are more chronic -- these are people that tend to have year round allergies -- get worse in the winter. For more chronic symptoms her chronic nasal congestion. On the -- in the back of the throat that causes that didn't that broke hearing this leads to chronic cough and -- issues like bronchitis and -- it is because. Smoldering allergies can often mean to infections and you -- some of these symptoms sound like. A cold and that we are entering flu and cold season so how do you tell the different things have a good rule -- is that a cold is self limited. It lasts for about ten days to two weeks after that it's these symptoms are still dragging nine you start suspecting that something else is going heighten interest saying yeah and he's seen it year after year in the -- turn. You have that month long cold that's filling another clue that now there's kind of seasonality pattern -- -- Again suggested that allergies can some people get cold after poll after poll yes he -- you know it can't happen especially like a person can start out with. A viral -- -- on top of Baghdad a bacterial -- status. Thanks for it to happen and three year or many times in -- Less likely that's suspicious Matt so what do we do we suspect that our children and or we are suffering from a wintertime now so I think it's a good idea not to sit on the sentence especially in children children can go on with these costs that seemed to last for weeks and -- and I think sometimes parents just tolerate it but it can disrupt sleep. Can -- school performance of what you should do. Is probably go see a doctor and now as you could try and over the counter medication and let me doctors can be able to sass out the sentence and gave you good treatment plan to effectively treat those symptoms and are -- things that we can do in our home because you said we're spending so much time at home exposed to all of these. In house allergens can do something about the stats of their numbers thinks he can do it at home especially with regard to testifying on -- we recommend you know -- generally using. Dust mite covers on the beds because that what that is very add these are -- casings and go round mattresses pillows. And really keeps a barrier between you and the dust mind you also want to think about getting synthetic. Comforter in -- is because down and those others attract that's really -- -- and other things in my home carpets upholstery they all attacked that's my rights have the filters are good idea because in general. They reduce that can be an -- or to -- in your house in your air and this is to have a filter for an air -- -- -- -- it's had its have a filter that those in. And air filter on that is have you you want and that we make sure that it has that that word on it because that is. With 99% effective in reducing -- in ambient -- that's very very useful now what about some of these over the counter saline spray and it does so with these movies -- the medications that really work for these like -- -- chronic symptoms -- of the mainstays of treatment in the winter. Is it -- -- either spray -- boards of big medi pot that everybody. You have so many people who are on chronic winter allergy sufferers -- Chinese -- as they can depend on the -- because it irritates the area with I'll let me just comes out and then you can effectively used. Something like I brought that into nasal stare rating can now get in there and -- what it's supposed to do you for children can use that hordes of better this yeah same mechanic at best you can this is something that you can use in children. As young as two years well on the doctors -- -- modified to use you know sometimes younger. On suit that's one of -- prescription medications that we -- -- would you try those before and over the counter antihistamine. And I -- -- the ceiling for sharing anything it's -- to China over the counter antihistamine want to remember for wintertime allergies because of that. Kind of congestion. Think about getting the antihistamine in key component which is a decongestant. Because it opens up the congestion that you're experiencing your -- in your nasal passages. Grade the other things that you can think about getting is that humidity monitor for your home humidity high humidity levels need to just -- And mall and says if you can keep the humidity levels less than 50%. That's can keep those things that -- wonderful doctor -- I've been thinking about these great -- you can't thank you.

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