How Cold Weather Can Affect Your Allergies

How Cold Weather Can Affect Your Allergies

With cooler temperatures and rainy days upon us, it’s not unusual for allergy sufferers to experience mixed symptoms.

According to Dr. Alan Goldsobel of Allergy and Asthma Associates of Northern California, and a Tivic Health medical advisory board member, “Changes in atmospheric pressure and colder temperatures, along with more rain and wet weather cause less plant pollination – which are great for those who suffer from pollen allergies.

“However, if you are sensitive to mold or dust allergens, higher moisture levels on rainy or humid days make mold and dust mites thrive and can worsen your symptoms. Mold is commonly known for growing in wet spots outdoors such as in piles of damp leaves or in damp areas like bathrooms and basements.

“And as we spend more time indoors during the cooler months, other indoor allergens like pet dander can trigger allergy symptoms,” continued Goldsobel. “In addition, use of central heating and even worse – some types of combustible heating and use of fireplaces – can cause more irritation of both the upper and lower respiratory tracts (nose, sinuses, and lungs).”

Consider these tips to manage your symptoms from these fall and winter allergy triggers:

If you’re experiencing severe, persistent symptoms, consider seeing a board-certified allergist to get a proper diagnosis.

 

Related Resources:

Winter Allergies: What’s Your Risk? (WebMD)
Mold Allergy Symptoms and Causes (Mayo Clinic)
Winter Allergies: How to Cope (U.S. News & World Report)

 

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