Where Do Winter Allergies Come From? When you think about seasonal allergies, do you focus on thehigh-pollen counts of spring and fall? While cooler temperatures often mean relief from outdoor allergies, some individuals face increased exposure to the indoor allergens that plague them.More Time IndoorsIn the winter, we spend more time indoors, where dust mites, insect particles, mold and pet shedding become more concentrated in the air. The dust you see on your furniture will make anyone sneeze, but some of the component parts can also cause ongoing problems for those with allergic sensitivity.Dust mites. These are microscopic bugs that like warm, humid places, like pillows, bedding, and upholstered furniture. This allergen is also associated with childhood asthma.Cockroach particles. This dust component is a common dust allergy trigger.Molds. You can see when mold grows in damp places, like bathrooms and basements. Molds also shed tiny spores that become airborne.Pets. Our beloved dogs, cats, birds and other pets introduce skin flakes (dander), saliva and urine into the home environment, which can cause respiratory and skin reactions.A Germ or an Allergy?Because the symptoms of colds and flu can be similar, how do you know when you are allergic? Allergies can produce sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and a runny nose. Viruses can cause fever and aches, while allergies do not. Also, Colds usually do not last more than ten days, while allergies can last weeks and months. Allergic to the Cold? Some individuals can also react to changes in temperature and experience a condition called cold urticaria.Allergic to the Cold?Some individuals can also react to changes in temperature and experience a condition called cold urticaria.Also know as cold hives, it is created when cold air causes redness, itching and swelling of the skin.Help for Winter Allergy SufferersThe Jefferson Surgical Clinic’s allergy specialists can determine if allergies are making you miserable and will provide the best treatment plan to give you relief. Call (540) 283-6000 to schedule a consultation.