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 mites and their feces (yuck!)
- Indoor molds (if you have plumbing and or a basement, you have mold!)
- 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
- Itchy, dry or sore throat
- Dry skin issues – Rashes/eczema flare-ups
- 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
- Air deodorizers (sprays, plugins or other)
- Personal care products
- 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!