Weather is a common allergy trigger. Bad weather also is. You can have water eyes on windy or stuffy when it rains. The connection between your symptoms and the weather depends on what you’re allergic to.
You can’t prevent an allergy. But if you know you’re allergic, you can take steps to avoid a reaction. Use these tips:
- Throw out shower curtains, wallpaper, and carpeting that have mold.
- Wash showers and sinks with a solution containing 5% bleach and a little detergent.
- To help control dust mites and mold, use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your home below 50%.
- Wash bedding in hot water each week.
- Use allergy-proof covers on mattresses, pillows, and comforters.
Also, during the winter holidays:
- Consider an artificial Christmas tree. Live ones can have chemicals and mold on them.
- Wash dust off of ornaments before you hang them.
- Buy glass or plastic ornaments rather than fabric, which can collect more dust.
- If you have a pet allergy and you’ll be visiting people who have cats or dogs, take your allergy medication with you and keep up with your immunotherapy before you go. Bring your own pillow with you, too.