Wouldn’t it be nice if you and your family made it through this winter without a cold? That may be too much to hope for, because colds are common and easily passed around among children and adults. However, there are definitely things you can do to help avoid the common cold. Improving your home air quality is one of them, so here are the answers to some common questions about how to avoid winter allergens and reduce colds.
1. What are some of the health risks associated with a closed environment in a home during winter months, i.e. increased allergens, low moisture, breathing problems?
During winter months, the air in your home can accumulate allergens such as pet dander from pets being indoors more, mold and mildew from areas that are not ventilated well, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, and increased dust and dust mites, as well as combustible products such as carbon monoxide and smoke from fireplaces, furnaces, stoves, dryers, and water heaters. Secondhand smoke can also become an issue in tobacco users who increase the frequency of smoking indoors during winter months.
Symptoms that can occur/worsen include headache, dizziness, fatigue, itchy eyes, nose and throat, nasal congestion, cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, and bronchitis.