Some allergy sufferers get a break during the winter months. I, however, am not one of them. My winter allergies mean allergies are a year long battle for me. Early this winter, I was ill and had a cough that lasted for weeks. Speaking on behalf of all mothers, an ongoing cough is not something you want to have after childbirth!
Winter allergies can exacerbate cold and flu season if not managed properly.
I am glad to say that, over the years, I’ve learned some remedies that help me cope with year-long allergies. As a mother of five active children, I don’t have time to be unwell!
One tool I utilize is The Weather Channel app on my smartphone which helps me keep an eye on the pollen count, flu activity, and the weather. My symptoms tend to change with the weather. Especially this year, because we keep swinging from cold to above average temperatures.
When I’m not using medication, I also try to get some fresh air. That isn’t helpful for everyone, but it seems to help keep my asthma attacks at bay. I find that a humidifier is also extremely helpful during the long, dry winters. Especially with coughs and sinus issues.
Another important task to keep up on is a changing your furnace filter. This may seem like a no-brainer, but some people really don’t change theirs often enough. When you have allergies or asthma, it’s best to change your filter every 3 months. I used to buy cheap filters, but now I get one that’s more fit for a household with allergies, and it makes a big difference. Do research into different brands of filters to find the one that best suits your needs. It will really help improve the quality of air in your home.
Probably the best way for me to cope has been to identify where dust
gathers in my home. I try to dust on a regular basis
and crack the windows when I do so. Washing my bedding also helps to keep the amount of dust down in my home. Be sure to wash bedding and linens in hot water to help get rid of dust mites.
The crazy ups and downs of the weather this season has been a challenge for me and my winter allergies. But these tools have helped me to stay well and maintain an active lifestyle.
Farrah is a 29-year-old Iowa blogger and homeschooling mom of five kids ages 1-9. Living with Celiac and other autoimmune issues, she is learning to live healthier with her family.
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