It started with that little tickle in the back of your throat. Then the sneezing, coughing, and wheezing kicked in.
It looks like you have your first official winter cold of the year. And you feel terrible.
If you’re like most folks, you eventually head to the drugstore for a little relief.
But there’s a problem. You’ve been taking the cold medicines exactly as the package directs, but you’re STILL miserable. They’re just not working.
Well, I have bad news my friend. The reason they haven’t touched your cold symptoms is you probably don’t have a cold.
When your winter cold ISN’T a cold….
I know allergies are likely the last thing you’re thinking about at this time of year. But chances are you’re battling them right now anyway.
Because for the more than 50 million Americans with allergies, they can strike ANY time of year. And winter allergies are far more common that most folks realize.
In fact, if you find yourself constantly battling hard to beat colds every winter it could be winter allergies you’re fighting.
When the weather outside is frightful we spend more time inside. Which means we’re breathing in more household dust and mold spores. And just like pollen in spring, they can trigger allergic reactions with symptoms that mimic a cold.
But swapping your cold drugs for allergy meds isn’t the answer. Two-thirds of allergy-sufferers report allergy meds don’t help enough.
Even worse, some of the most common allergy meds belong to a dangerous class of drugs I’ve warned you about before. These anticholinergic drugs, such as Benadryl, could raise your risk for dementia. Other side effects can include confusion, blurred vision, and falls.
Tackle winter allergies with these sniffle beating tricks
But drugs aren’t the only way to get some relief from your winter allergies.
Following are five simple tricks to help you tackle cold-weather allergy symptoms…
1. Wash YOURSELF:
Washing your hands and face more often won’t just make you less likely to catch a cold or the flu. It could help keep your winter allergy symptoms under wraps too.
Gently splashing your face and hands with water several times a day will wash away the allergens that trigger your sniffling, coughing, and wheezing.
And if any symptoms show up hop into a warm shower or bath right away. You’ll wash away those annoying allergy triggers. And the warm steam will help soothe your inflamed throat and nose tissues.
And if your nose is stuffed up try a simple saline rinse. It can help wash away congestion and soothe irritated sinuses.
2. Wash your PET:
If pet dander is a trigger for you things can get worse in the winter when you and your pet are stuck inside more.
You don’t want to wash your pet too often or it can dry out his skin. But most veterinarians agree it is okay for allergy sufferers to bathe their pet once a week or so with a gentle, organic shampoo.
3. Wash your SHOWER CURTAIN:
The steam from your shower can turn your shower curtain into a breeding ground for allergy triggering molds.
Wash both the liner and the outside curtain regularly. And replace the liner at least once a year.
4. Wash away DUST:
Household dust is a common allergy trigger. So it’s important to dust often… especially in the winter.
But if you’re dry dusting to get rid of it you could be making your winter allergies far worse. Use a damp mop or rag to tackle the dust so you really grab it instead of spreading it around or sending it airborne.
A vacuum with a hepa filter can help too.
5. Wash down these SUPPLEMENTS:
Butterbur can be as effective as some common antihistamine drugs but without the risky side effects. And studies have shown probiotics, which increase the good bugs in your gut, can help ease seasonal allergy symptoms too.
If your winter cold is hanging on… and your over the counter meds aren’t helping with the symptoms… chances are what you’re REALLY fighting is winter allergies. Drop the drugs and try these five allergy fighting tricks instead.
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