Pollen season is a distant memory, you’ve long since shut car windows in favor of cranking the heat, and you haven’t seen an allergy commercial in what, four months?
But if your nose is perpetually stuffy, your eyes itchy, and your head feels like it’s about to explode—you might just have winter allergies. Largely synonymous with indoor allergies, their symptoms tend to peak in the winter months but people often confuse their symptoms with that of a cold because they don’t have any problem with indoor allergens during the summer months, explains Neeta Ogden, M.D., a New Jersey allergist and spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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However, during the winter, you’re exposed to way more indoor allergens like mold, dust mites, and animal dander than you are in the summer. After all, during the year’s coldest months, we spend pretty much all of our waking hours locked up with them, she says.
Luckily, avoiding winter allergies doesn’t have to mean getting outside and braving the cold. Here are seven easy ways to fight winter allergens from the comfort of your warm and cozy couch.
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