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Inside Winter Allergies
When it's cold outside, a cozy home is sublime. But for indoor allergy
From November, 2005
As the first frost blankets the cold ground, seasonal allergy sufferers rejoice. For those sniffly souls, their winter wonderland is a frozen landscape devoid of the pollen-spewing grass, weeds and leaves that brought them allergy misery through the spring, summer and fall. Winter does indeed offer reprieve for some, but for a considerable portion of the 40 million Americans who struggle with allergic reactions, the sun’s declining rays foreshadow a holiday nightmare more horrifying than coal in the stocking—indoor allergies.
Just as we shut out the blustery winds, nippy temperatures and snowfalls of the winter months, we shut ourselves in with a host of indoor allergens, or substances that trigger allergic reactions.
Fortunately, with a few simple steps, you can modify your winter home environment to minimize indoor allergens and maximize your comfort through the holidays.
Indoor allergens include cockroach droppings, dust mite body parts and droppings (yikes!), molds, animal dander and house dust, which is a mélange of all the above and more. “We’re exposed to these allergens year-round,” says Dr. Mark Pettus, author of The Savvy Patient: The Ultimate Advocate for Quality Health Care (Capital Cares), “but they tend to get worse in the winter months, when our windows are closed and there is little fresh air circulating through the house.” The good news? While outdoor seasonal allergens are beyond our control, we have a tremendous influence over indoor allergens—enough to eliminate indoor allergy symptoms altogether.
The first step in overcoming indoor allergies is identifying which allergens trigger your symptoms. Visiting an allergist or immunologist for allergy tests can isolate the culprit, helping you to focus your home environment modification where it is needed most. Although all the aforementioned sneeze-inducers are forces to be reckoned with, the most significant and ubiquitous indoor allergens come from dust mites and pets.
“Indoor allergens like animal dander become airborne, usually in the form of microscopic dust particles,” Pettus says. “When you’re cleaning house and a ray of light comes through the curtains, it’s amazing to see this vast array of particles floating around. It is these airborne particles that we ultimately breathe into our nasal passages or get in our eyes. The body’s response is to recognize these particles as foreign. It becomes overaggressive.” As the body misidentifies harmless foreign substances as dangerous invaders, it releases the antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) to fight them off. IgE spurs the immune cells into action; they unleash the histamines that cause allergy symptoms.
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Soothing Sensitive Skin
Sometimes allergies make you sneeze...and sometimes they make you itch.
By Susan Weiner
The itchiness began a short time after Miriam Marshall placed the new ring on her finger. At first, the New Jersey grandmother thought of the irritation as nothing more than a passing annoyance. Soon, however, she was twisting the ring and scratching her fingers to try to alleviate the prickly sensation. When she finally removed the circle of silver, her ring finger—in addition to the fingers on either side—were covered with red, pinpoint bumps. “I have allergies, but I never had this type of reaction before. It felt like a scaly patch of irritation,” she recalls.
Miriam’s daughter Louise, who studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and who designs and repairs jewelry for a living, had seen the skin reaction before—having experienced it on her own wrists. “Some individuals react to gold, but typically it’s the base metal nickel, which is mixed in with silver, that causes the reaction,” explains Louise. In fact, nickel is among the top ten causes of skin allergy. Repeated nickel-to-skin contact can culminate in allergic sensitivity, and sweat—which dissolves the nickel contained in jewelry—exacerbates the itchy reaction.
Skin allergy—known formally as allergic contact dermatitis—varies in severity depending on the type of irritant, sensitivity of the individual and body part affected. Redness may clear up quickly with soap and water or progress into skin-damaging sores. For those with metal sensitivities, a huge array of everyday products—including zippers, cupboard handles, silverware, pens, doorknobs, scissors, eyeglasses and razors—can trigger reactions, making daily life a challenge. With metal allergies hiding around every bend, even sources as seemingly harmless as seawater, cement, shoe leather, soil and blue pottery can trigger unsightly and painful rashes, since these items typically contain the metals cobalt or chromate.