What are winter allergies?
Winter allergies are the immune system’s response to normally harmless allergens during the winter. During an allergic response, your immune system is kicked into overdrive. You will experience sneezing, coughing and other cold like symptoms.
What are the symptoms of winter allergies?
Winter allergy symptoms are often mistaken for cold symptoms. Generally, you won’t have a cold for longer than 10 days. If you find that your symptoms are lasting longer, it is likely that you are suffering from winter allergies rather than a cold. Winter allergy symptoms will last as long as the allergens are present.
If you are unsure whether you have allergies or a cold, you should see your GP.
Winter allergy symptoms include:
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Dark circles under the eyes
In some cases, winter allergies can trigger asthma or even hives.
What causes winter allergies?
Winter allergies can be caused by a number of different allergens. Typically, winter allergies are attributed to dust mites and mould. You can read more about winter allergens and their triggers in our blog post.
How do you treat winter allergies?
Winter allergies can be easily treated with antihistamines. In addition to treatment, it is worth avoiding winter allergens as best you can. Read our blog post for more information on winter allergens.
How can you prevent winter allergies?
You can try to prevent winter allergies by avoid exposure to your allergy triggers. However, that’s not always possible! If you know that you are going to be exposed to one of your winter allergy triggers, take an antihistamine 30 minutes before exposure. This should help prevent your allergy symptoms from arising.