Winter Allergies - McGovern Allergy And Asthma Clinic

Winter allergies are here! Just because the weather outside is cooler doesn’t mean allergens have disappeared. From seasonal pollen to indoor allergy triggers, learn about some of the winter season allergens and how to combat them.

Winter Allergies & Cedar Pollen

Environmental winter allergies are commonly caused by cedar pollen. Cedar allergies can affect Texans from November through March, but December, January, and February are the peak months. This is when cedar trees pollinate, releasing countless pollen particles into the air that can travel on the wind for hundreds of miles. Rainfall amounts and other weather conditions influence the exact timing and severity of the cedar pollination season.

To reduce your symptoms of winter allergies, limit your time outdoors when pollen levels are the highest, change your clothes when coming inside, and wash your skin and hair. Keep all windows and doors closed as much as possible. If your symptoms persist, your allergist may recommend medications such as antihistamines or immunotherapy treatments.

Winter Allergies and Indoor Allergens

With cooler temperatures and coronavirus still rising, many of us are choosing to spend more time indoors. However, there are many allergens within the home that can cause an allergy flare-up, including:

  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Animals
  • Insect Droppings

To reduce the potential for an allergy reaction within your home, clean your house weekly, if not daily, to keep allergens at bay. Wash all bedding in hot water, use allergy-proof covers on mattresses, pillows, and comforters. Vacuum all carpeted areas frequently with a HEPA vacuum. Vacuums with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter are less likely to push allergens back into the room. Use a mask while cleaning to prevent a reaction from allergens in the air while you clean. Wipe up any standing water in the bathroom or kitchen to avoid mold spores and sanitize the areas thoroughly.

Combat Winter Allergies

If you struggle to manage your winter allergies, contact the board-certified allergists at McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic. Their team can provide a comprehensive examination and individualized treatment plan to meet your allergy needs. Call 713-661-1444 to schedule an appointment, or click the link to request one online.