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Could your home be causing winter allergies? Here's how to take control

Your home could be filled with things causing winter allergies, but there are simple tips you can follow

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By House & Garden South Africa | May 8, 2023 | Diy

While allergies are usually associated with the warmer months and the plants and blooms that come with them, winter allergies are actually quite common. During the colder months, your indoor living spaces can be filled with triggers, especially because doors and windows are usually shut and ventilation is restricted. But fret not! There are simple ways you can approach your home to clear up these triggers.

“If you are someone who suffers from allergies you know that it can be a problem all year round,” explains Bronwyn Ragavan, brand manager for decongestant brand Karvol. “During the colder months, allergies that usually flare up are not due to pollen, but occur because of mould spores, mildew, dust mites and pet dander.” Ready to tackle winter allergy head-on? Bronwyn shares her top tips.

1. Feet first

Wipe your feet when you come home, this ensure that outside allergens remain outside – including mould and dust. The allergens on your shoes can be spread throughout the house triggering sneezing and itchy eyes.

2. The hydration game

Stay hydrated during this time. Drinking plenty of water can help to thin out the mucus and make it easier to clear your airways.

3. The right tools

Use a decongestant to help you feel and breath better. Karvol’s Decongestant Room Spray can be sprayed in your rooms to help alleviate nasal congestion caused by the symptoms of allergies and colds and flu. Boasting the trusted Karvol formula which includes a combination of aromatic oils such as eucalyptus and menthol, when sprayed into the room the vapours work to help you breathe easily. At night a few drops of Karvol on a handkerchief next to your bed will keep you breathing easy during the night.

4. Cleaning power

Vacuum regularly to get rid of winter dust and pet dander. Both of these allergens can be found all around the house and when not kept on top of can build up over time becoming a constant irritation for allergies.

5. Sleep easy

Bed spreads need to washed in hot water every week to get rid of dust and transferred allergens.

6. Furry friends

Pets should be bathed regularly during winter (remember to use warm water and to bath them in a warm location so that they don’t get sick), to help lessen the spread of dander.

Image: by Brina Blum