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Be Aware of Triggers in Your Home Causing Winter Allergies

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​Contact: Brooke Wittrock
Manager, Marketing and Communications

Feb. 1, 2016
For Immediate Release

Be Aware of Triggers in Your Home Causing Winter Allergies

OMAHA, NEB. – Did you know allergies occur in the winter too? When the weather is cold outside, spending more time indoors can trigger congestion issues – especially when the furnace kicks on at home.


  • Dust mites are microscopic bugs found in mattresses, bedding and carpets.
  • Mold is a fungus that thrives in damp, humid areas such as basements and bathrooms.
  • Household pets can cause allergies because individuals are allergic to a protein found in pet dander, saliva and urine.
  • Fireplaces and furnaces can blow warm air circulating particles into the room.

Tips and Treatments for Winter Allergies

  • Keep furnaces clean by changing the filters.
  • Vacuum the carpet regularly to keep dust mites from growing.
  • The cleaner the air is running in the house, the less likely your allergies will be a problem.
  • If an individual has a history of seasonal allergies, allergists recommend starting medications two weeks before the problems began to occur.
  • Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines can be used to reduce symptoms as well as nasal sprays that may reduce swelling or inflammation.
  • Your primary physician or an allergy physician may prescribe oral medications, nasal sprays or allergy shots for symptoms that are worsening and not responding well to other treatments.

"Always consult your physician before taking any medication, said Kevin Murphy, M.D., allergist at Boys Town National Research Hospital. “Allergies can be triggered at any time and at any age, so it is possible that prolonged cold-like symptoms could be an allergy."

For questions or concerns about allergies, contact an allergist at Boys Town National Research Hospital.


Boys Town National Research Hospital is internationally recognized as a leader in educational, clinical and research programs focusing on children who are deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, or who have related communication disorders. The Hospital has developed national programs that are now instituted in schools, hospitals and clinics across the country. The Hospital annually serves more than 44,000 children and families from across the United States.