How often do you hear a friend or family member say their allergies are killing them? Several studies have shown that when the pollen count rises, there is an increase in emergency room visits for both younger children and adults. In recent years, scientists have put a more significant focus attempting to understand and explain why various weather patterns affect our immune systems.
Our bodies get used to particular weather patterns. When there are sudden changes to those patterns, this can have a direct influence on our immune and musculoskeletal systems, causing illnesses to arise or allergies and asthma to become hyper-reactive. Every season is known to bring their personalized allergies, so as we enter the winter season, it is essential to be aware of the expected forecast.
It is no secret that winter in Texas can have drastic swings in weather, but most people are not aware that cold swings can bring much more than chilly days. The winter season is also known for being the worst allergy period in Texas. The cold days bring on what Texans call, ‘cedar fever,’ the informal term given to allergies caused by the Texas mountain cedar trees. Cedar pollen can cause intense allergy symptoms, famous for copying flu symptoms. Another favorite set of allergies seen during this time are the indoor allergens, as dust mites are known to thrive in the cold weather. Although they might not sound harmful, during a season where most individuals spend a majority of their time indoors, cold weather can lead to extreme receptivity to these indoor pests.
For these colder weather months, here are some mindful tips to think about that can help keep your asthma and allergies at bay during this heightened season.
1.) Pay attention to the weather. Checking local pollen and mold counts can be beneficial, letting you know if you need to be spending less time outside if you are likely to be reactive.
2.) Start the preparation for your allergies early. If you show the same allergy symptoms annually, ask your doctor if you can start taking allergy drugs a few weeks before the peak of the allergy season.
3.) Use the air conditioning to filter out mold and pollen. Using a dehumidifier can also be preventive to keep mold growth and dust mites at bay.
4.) Keep your doctor involved. Be sure you are aware of the specifics of your allergy causes; you can request an allergy skin test, which can show the exact triggers of your symptoms, making it easier to take preventative action.
Also, consider asking your doctor about immunotherapy, an allergy shot or even the allergy tablets. They can be accommodating to keep your allergies under control.
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