Allergies can be troublesome in the wintertime, it is not just reserved for the Spring and Summer. Below are some allergy problems people may suffer during the cold months.
Mountain cedar is a type of juniper tree found mainly in South and Central Texas that pollinates in the winter, from December through March. In the areas where it grows, it is usually the only major pollen present during the wintertime. Mountain cedar is a major cause of hay fever, and people who suffer from this form of pollen allergy typically refer to it as “cedar fever.”
As the weather starts to turn cold and crisp around the country, people are packing their pockets with tissues to combat their runny noses. But this usually isn’t due to allergies — rather, it’s caused by vasomotor rhinits. This non-allergic form of rhinitis may result in a runny nose, post-nasal drip and/or nasal congestion. It is caused by a number of triggers, including temperature changes, windy weather, and changes in humidity, as well as strong odors, perfumes and smoke.
Cold urticaria is a form of physical urticaria that is characterized by the development of hives and swelling with cold exposure. A variety of cold triggers can cause symptoms in people with this syndrome, including cold weather, cold food and drinks, and swimming in cold water.
As you can see, winter allergies can be problematic for many people. The allergy season can be almost year round for some people. It is important to identify the cause of your allergies to be proactive in preventing symptoms. You can see an allergy specialist who will take a detailed history and what causes your symptoms. He or she will discuss the best treatments for you. If you don’t have an allergy doctor in your neighborhood, you can speak with your primary care doctor as well about your winter allergies.