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Why your allergies get worse in the winter

While some people suffering from allergies count the days until the weather gets colder and those bothersome allergens disappear, some people dread the winter for the unique allergens it brings with it. Because the cold weather forces people to spend more time inside, people have to contend with indoor allergens such as mold, house dust, dust mites, fire place smoke and ash, and pets.

But wintertime allergies can be tricky, with many putting their sneezing and sniffling down to the flu or the common cold. Allergies can cause a sore throat, coughing, and a runny or stuffy nose, which are common ailments for the flu or the cold.

To ensure your home is free of pesky allergens, be diligent about keeping your home clean. Make sure to clean your blankets, carpets, and sheets on a regular basis to keep them free of dust. For people suffering from pet allergies, make sure to keep your pets outside as much as the weather will allow.

Also, while they bring delicious smells and light into your home during the holidays, scented candles can lead to allergic reactions and should be avoided. Christmas trees, while a vital part of the holidays, can also be a major allergy irritant. Avoid real Christmas trees if possible and opt for a fake tree.

Evan Hopkins is a 24 year old writer operating out of Atlanta, GA. When he isn't writing, he enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, and folk music.Evan Hopkins on Google+