During a long, cold Winter, the inside of your home should be a safe haven. But for many people, entering your home only triggers sneezing, coughing, and other allergy symptoms. While we are more used to hearing about allergens in the springtime, indoor allergies are a problem for many people as well. Fortunately, with the right care at walk in medical services, doctors and patients can treat indoor allergies just as well as outdoor. In this two part series, we will explore the symptoms, causes, and treatments of these pesky winter allergies.
Symptoms Of Indoor Allergies
These symptoms are similar to those of outdoor allergies and the common cold, but are usually more prolonged. They can be especially prevalent at night, since you are spending many hours straight in the same room. Symptoms include:
- Itchy Eyes
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
Nasal secretion from indoor allergies is generally clear. If it is yellow or green, you might have a cold.
Causes Of Indoor Allergies
While the best way to pinpoint the exact cause of your allergies is to go to a medical clinic, the following are some of the most common sources of indoor allergies.
- Mold: When mold grows, it releases spores into the air and this can cause your allergies to flare up. Just remember that mold can be harmful. So, if you see mold, call a professional.
- Dust: This common household substance collects on various surfaces and is made of all sorts of matter. It can also be irritating for many people, triggering allergy symptoms.
- Dust Mites: This little pests live on dust and leave their droppings all over your house. They are particularly common in carpets and humid areas.
- Pets: Some people are allergic to dogs and cats. It is the animal's dander that makes you sneeze. Dander is produced from saliva not hair, as most people think.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of indoor allergies, visit one of your local clinics for walk in medical services. In these clinics, the most common diagnosis was an upper respiratory condition, with the most common procedure being wound repair in 2012. These conditions can be triggered by allergens, so be sure to follow the doctor's instructions.