You’re familiar with the fact that grass and pollen can trigger allergies, especially in the spring, but that doesn’t explain why some people seem to have allergy symptoms in the dead of winter when they’re spending most of their time indoors. Believe it or not, it could have to do with the heater in people’s offices and homes.
How is this so? Because, heat is actually a trigger for nasal issues, a major trigger. It can cause dryness, crusting, and nasal congestion. Just as you have to use extra moisturizers on your skin during the winter months, your nose needs the same extra TLC. Saline nasal spray can be a big helper during the winter months.
When It’s Not a Virus
When it’s really cold outside, we spend a lot more time indoors around other people. Sharing so much indoor space can lead to the spreading of germs and of cold and flu viruses. But if you’re experiencing a headache, sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose, your symptoms may not be the result of a virus.
If you’re experiencing symptoms for more than two weeks, it’s probably seasonal allergies, which could have more to do with your HVAC system than the bug that’s going around the office. But don’t just take it from us, here’s what Dr. Oz has to say about it:
“When the furnace turns on, it doesn’t just circulate warm air around the house – it spews out all the dust, mold and insect parts that have collected in the heating vents. If left unattended, this problem can lead to an entire season of headaches, sneezing and coughing. The solution is a simple one: heating vent filters should be high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters when possible, and should be changed at least once every 3 months,” says Dr. Oz and as HVAC specialists, we couldn’t agree more.