Winter Allergy Relief Tips – Indoor Allergies – Claratyne®

Keep Winter Sniffles at Bay

If you were hoping your allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms would go into hibernation during winter, you might be out of luck. If you suffer from perennial allergic rhinitisX allergic rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis is a condition caused by the overreaction of the immune system to allergens from plants, dust, mould and animals. Common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, itching of the nose or throat.
— or year-round allergies—here’s your winter allergy action plan.

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Simple Tips for Winter Allergy Relief

There are over 200 different allergens out there. Some allergens may stick around long after colder weather strikes.

The big winter allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
culprits are dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibres of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
, pet dander and mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
. But if you live in a warmer climate or travel to one, pollenX pollen
Microscopic grains discharged from the male parts of a plant when it flowers. These need to be carried to the female parts of the plant, in order to reproduce. Pollen grains are typically spread by birds, bees or wind. Pollen is the major cause of hayfever – particularly in hot, dry and windy…
allergies can also act up. To make matters worse, spending more time indoors with the windows shut can increase your exposure to these allergens. We’re here to help with simple tips for giving winter allergy triggers the boot.

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Dust Mite Allergies

Dust mitesX Dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibres of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
are microscopic bugs that live off of dead human skin and pet dander and are found anywhere dust particles collect. Even if you’re a neat freak, it’s impossible to rid your home entirely of this common indoor allergenX allergen
A substance that your body perceives as foreign and harmful; initiates the allergic reaction. Common allergens include dust mites, pollens from grasses, weeds and tress, animal dander and mould spores.
, but you can find a few quick tips to help reduce your exposure below.

Ditch The Dust

  • Put impermeable dust mite covers on your mattresses, box springs and pillows. When travelling, pack a couple covers for the pillows at your destination.
     
  • Wash all bedding and blankets once a week in hot water (at least 60oC). Be sure to check the washing instructions first.
     
  • Diminish moisture-loving dust mitesX dust mites
    A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibres of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
    by using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your home below 50%.

For more dust allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
tips, read The Dirt on Dust Mites.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The average home may collect an estimated 18 kg of dust each year. And there may be hundreds of microscopic dust mitesX dust mites
A common trigger for indoor allergies. They are microscopic mites that live in the fibres of pillows, mattresses, blankets and carpet. They live off of our dead skin cells. Inhalation of their droppings can cause allergic reactions such as runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion.
lurking in just one gram of dust.

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Pet Dander Allergies

It’s not the pet’s fur that causes your allergic reaction. It’s the proteins found in the animal’s dander (dead skin cells), saliva or urine. These particles are so light that they can stick to your shoes, clothes and hair. Which means they can get inside your home—even if you’re not among the many households that has a pet.

Tame Pet Allergies

  • Remove shoes at the door, toss clothes in the laundry and shower upon returning home. No time for a shower? At least wash your hands and face.
     
  • Sweep floors and vacuum carpets weekly with either a double-layered micro filter bag or a HEPAX HEPA
    High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter that removes particles in the air by forcing it through screens containing microscopic pores where it is captured.
    filter to trap pet allergens.
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DID YOU KNOW?

Most people think of dogs and cats when it comes to pet allergies. But the allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
-causing proteins in pet dander can also be found in hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and more.

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Mould Allergies

Indoor mouldX mould
Parasitic, microscopic fungi (like Alternaria) that float in the air like pollen. Mould spores are a common trigger for allergies and can be found in damp areas, such as the basement or bathroom, as well as outdoors in grass, leaf piles, hay, mulch or under mushrooms.
sheds spores all year and is found lurking in damp spots, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, attics, refrigerators and windowsills. Since mould thrives in damp spaces, mould allergyX allergy
An exaggerated response of the immune system to a substance that is ordinarily harmless.
symptoms may be more common during the summer months when it’s hot and humid. But they can be prevalent year-round in warm climates and wherever moisture builds up in your home.

Control Moisture-loving Mould

  • Dry areas that get wet frequently, such as countertops and front-loading washing machines. And be sure to fix leaks quickly.
     
  • Open a window or use an exhaust fan over the stove when cooking and in the bathroom when showering to remove extra humidity.
     
  • Get an inexpensive hygrometer (humidity monitor) at the hardware store to measure your home’s moisture levels. When humidity levels rise above 50%, use a dehumidifier.
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Pollen Allergies

If you live in a warmer climate or are travelling to one, milder temperatures may mean pollenX pollen
Microscopic grains discharged from the male parts of a plant when it flowers. These need to be carried to the female parts of the plant, in order to reproduce. Pollen grains are typically spread by birds, bees or wind. Pollen is the major cause of hayfever – particularly in hot, dry and windy…
allergies stick around for the winter.

Put Pollen In Its Place

  • Keep an eye on pollen levels in your area, so you know what to expect.
     
  • On days when the pollen count is especially high, avoid outdoor activities if possible.
     
  • Remove your shoes, shower and change your clothes after coming inside so you don’t track pollen in. At the very least, wash your hands and face.
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DID YOU KNOW?

Pet dander, pollen and mould spores are so light they can stick to your clothes, shoes and hair. To help keep these
allergy triggers from getting tracked inside, remove your shoes at the door, take a quick shower and change your
clothes after coming home. Don’t have time for a shower? Try to at least wash your face and hands.

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