Allergies Common in Winter

Updated at: Mar 21, 2016
Allergies Common in Winter

Common cold is synonymous with winter and the symptoms of allergies are similar to those of the common cold that it’s likely you think you have a common cold when in fact you are just struggling to cope with a winter allerge

Rory Coen
AllergyWritten by: Rory CoenPublished at: Jan 05, 2013

Allergies Common in Winter

Allergies aren’t generally synonymous with winter and can often be confused with common colds, such are the symptoms they generate. You may be sneezing and feeling stuffed up – sound familiar? – but you might not have a cold and may instead be suffering from a winter allergy. Let’s take a look at some of these winter allergies and understand how you might be acquiring them.


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Asriani Chiu MD - Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine (Allergy/Immunology), at the College of Wisconsin – argues that most of these winter allergies are actually triggered by the same summer allergens, but the winter weather can actually regenerate them. Here are some of the allergens that irritate you during the winter season.


  • Pet Dander: The colder weather means you may be allowing your household pets indoors more frequently, so your exposure to “pet dander” intensifies. Some people are allergic to this, but don’t realise it and assume they have contracted the common cold.


  • Mold and Mildew flourish in damp conditions, which is prevalent in basements, kitchens and bathrooms during the cold winter months. Decaying leaves are natural playground for it and get picked up on shoes and clothes and brought inside the house.


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  • Mild temperatures mean the ubiquitous, perpetual presence of some allergens. When there is no hard frost or big freeze to eradicate these allergies in winter, they can fester and propagate throughout the winter season and cause a lot irritation to individuals.


  • Damp wood which is stored outside is a breeding ground for mold and a one of the causes of common winter allrgies. When this is brought inside to burn, you are effectively bringing potential allergens into your home and exposing them to the household. It’s difficult to understand that this might be causing your symptoms, because you simply think you have a winter cold.


  • Dust mites are tiny, microscopic creatures that are practically omnipresent; they breed in your skin, and on carpets and furniture. If you are susceptible to allergens, you should rip up your carpets you have and throw out any rugs. 


  • You’ll obviously be indoors more often during the winter season, so fumes from your fireplace or household chemicals can stimulate your allergy symptoms.


  • The Christmas tree is a classic allergen during the winter season. Many of us get allergic symptoms during the Christmas period and blame over-indulgence on lowering our immunity. It is possible that the tree itself may contain mold, whilst the pungent odour it emits can also trigger a winter allergy.


As common cold is  synonymous with winter and the symptoms of your allergies are so similar to those of the common cold – it’s likely you think you have a common cold when in fact you are just struggling to cope with a winter allergen which is penetrating your senses. This article should help you understand what may be causing your allergies in winter.


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