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Burlington, ON, L7L 4N4



Winter Allergies

Some people have symptoms that appear during the winter season. In the cooler months, we tend to remain indoors a lot more. Here are some possible triggers:

  • Dust
  • Dust mites and their feces (yuck!)
  • Indoor molds (if you have plumbing and or a basement, you have mold!)
  • Pets
  • Cockroaches, mouse droppings (let’s hope you don’t have these)

Viral vs Allergy?

Seasonal and winter allergens can have overlapping symptoms. In addition, some of these symptoms overlap with the common cold; however, a cold usually goes away within 10 days. If they linger, consider allergies.

Here’s a list of common symptoms that you may find helpful:

  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Stuffy, runny nose
  • Post nasal drip
  • Congestion, phlegm
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy, dry or sore throat
  • Dry skin issues – Rashes/eczema flare-ups
  • Headaches
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath

Need some help?

If something is affecting you, but you’re unsure what it is, collect some samples and bring them in. Together, we can see if they’re a  problem and balance them, if needed.

Collection tips prior to your visit:

  • Dust from your vacuum bag
  • Ashes from your wood burning fireplace (if you have one)
  • Any mold/mildew you may see in your bathroom or windows
  • Fur/feathers from your pet(s)
  • Water from your humidifier/dehumidifier
  • Bedding/feather samples
  • Cleaning products, laundry or dishwasher detergent
  • Sanitizers
  • Air deodorizers (sprays, plugins or other)
  • Personal care products
  • Perfumes
  • Frequently consumed food/drink (they may be contributing to your toxic load)

Remember, anything lingering in the air within your home may be a potential culprit!