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Keep Winter Sniffles at Bay

If you were hoping your allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms would go into hibernation once Old Man Winter blew in, you might be out of luck. If you suffer from perennial allergic rhinitisX allergic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is a condition caused by the overreaction of the immune system to allergens from plants, dust, mold and animals. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, itching of the nose or throat.
—or year-round allergies—here’s your winter allergy action plan.

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Simple Tips for Winter Allergy Relief

There are over 200 different allergens out there. Some allergens may stick around long after cold weather strikes.

The big winter allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
culprits are dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
, pet dander and moldX mold
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mold spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
. But if you live in a warmer climate or travel to one, pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
allergies can also act up. To make matters worse, spending more time indoors with the windows shut can increase your exposure to these allergens. We’re here to help with simple tips for giving winter allergy triggers the boot.

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Dust Mite Allergies

Dust mitesX Dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
are microscopic bugs that live off of dead human skin and pet dander and are found anywhere dust particles collect. Even if you’re a neat freak, it’s impossible to rid your home entirely of this common indoor allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction.
, but you can find a few quick tips to help reduce your exposure below.

Ditch The Dust

  • Put allergen barrier covers on your mattresses, box springs and pillows. When traveling, pack a couple covers for the pillows at your destination.
     
  • Wash all bedding and blankets once a week in hot water (at least 130°F). Be sure to check the washing instructions first.
     
  • Diminish moisture-loving dust mitesX dust mites
    A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
    by using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your home below 50%.

For more dust allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
tips, read The Dirt on Dust Mites.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The average home may collect an estimated 40 pounds of dust each year.1 And there may be hundreds of microscopic dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
lurking in just one gram of dust.

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Pet Dander Allergies

It’s not the pet’s fur that causes your allergic reaction. It’s the proteins found in the animal’s dander (dead skin cells), saliva or urine. These particles are so light that they can stick to your shoes, clothes and hair.2 Which means they can get inside your home—even if you’re not among the 68% of U.S. households that has a pet.3

Tame Pet Allergies

  • Remove shoes at the door, toss clothes in the laundry and shower upon returning home. No time for a shower? At least wash your hands and face.
     
  • Sweep floors and vacuum carpets weekly with either a double-layered micro filter bag or a HEPAX HEPA
    High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that removes particles in the air by forcing it through screens containing microscopic pores where it is captured.
    filter to trap pet allergens.
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DID YOU KNOW?

Most people think of dogs and cats when it comes to pet allergies. But the allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
-causing proteins in pet dander can also be found in hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and more.2

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Mold Allergies

Indoor moldX mold
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mold spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
sheds spores all year and is found lurking in damp spots, such as basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, attics, refrigerators and windowsills. Since mold thrives in damp spaces, mold allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms may be more common during the summer months when it’s hot and humid. But they can be prevalent year-round in warm climates and wherever moisture builds up in your home.4

Control Moisture-loving Mold

  • Dry areas that get wet frequently, such as countertops and front-loading washing machines. And be sure to fix leaks quickly.5
     
  • Open a window or use an exhaust fan over the stove when cooking and in the bathroom when showering to remove extra humidity.5
     
  • Get an inexpensive hygrometer (humidity monitor) at the hardware store to measure your home’s moisture levels.6 When humidity levels rise above 50%, use a dehumidifier.
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Pollen Allergies

If you live in a warmer climate or are traveling to one, milder temperatures may mean pollenX pollen
A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
allergies stick around for the winter.

Put Pollen In Its Place

  • Keep an eye on pollen levels in your area, so you know what to expect.
     
  • On days when the pollen countX pollen count
    A measure of the amount of pollen in the air. The counts are usually reported for three types of pollen: grasses, trees and weeds. The count is reported as grains per cubic meter of air and is translated into a corresponding level: absent, low, moderate, high or very high.
    is especially high, avoid outdoor activities if possible.
     
  • Remove your shoes, shower and change your clothes after coming inside so you don’t track pollen in. At the very least, wash your hands and face.7
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DID YOU KNOW?

Pet dander, pollen and mold spores are so light they can stick to your clothes, shoes and hair. To help keep these allergy triggers from getting tracked inside, remove your shoes at the door, take a quick shower and change your clothes after coming home. Don’t have time for a shower? Try to at least wash your face and hands.

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REFERENCES

  1. AllergyX Allergy
    An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
    Dust MitesX Dust Mites
    A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibers of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
    . ENT and Allergy Center of Missouri. University Physicians. University of Missouri Health Center.
  2. Pet Allergy. Mayo Clinic. Accessed September 10, 2017.
  3. APPA National Pet Owners Survey 2017-2018. American Pet Products Association. p. 9. Accessed November 14, 2017.
  4. MoldX Mold
    Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mold spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
    Allergies. Claritin.com. Pet Allergy. Mayo Clinic.Accessed November 14, 2017.
  5. Watch Out for Summer Mold. Claritin Blue Sky Living. Accessed September 10, 2017.
  6. Your Home Can Be Your Castle—Despite Pesky Dust Allergens! Claritin Blue Sky Living®. Accessed November 14, 2017.
  7. PollenX Pollen
    A fine, powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower called stamens or from the male cone of a tree.
    Allergies. Claritin.com.Accessed November 14, 2017.

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