House dust allergy sufferers particularly in winter

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In winter, the symptoms of house dust allergy increase significantly

While the hay fever patients can breathe freely in winter, house dust allergy sufferers usually suffer even more in the cold season than in the summer months. As the pharmacy magazine "Baby and Family" reports in its current edition, the mites often make the house dust allergy particularly troubled in winter.

The pharmacy magazine "Baby and Family" has already dealt with the various forms of allergic reactions in detail as part of the "Allergies in Children" series - from insect venom allergies, pollen allergies and hay fever to allergic reactions to animal hair. The current issue addresses the difficulties faced by house dust allergy sufferers, with the experts explicitly addressing the increased risk in winter.

House dust allergy sufferers cannot rest in winter As the pharmacy magazine reports, the allergy-causing house dust mites are particularly hard on allergy sufferers in winter. The tiny animals are mostly in bed, which is why those affected suffer from runny nose and sneezing attacks after getting up in the morning. Since the mites, which live from dander, house dust and mold, can reproduce best in the warm, humid climate of the heated interior and allergy sufferers spend more time at home in winter than in summer, the stresses often increase with the cold season. In this way, house dust allergy sufferers find no rest even in winter, but suffer particularly badly from their allergy, explained Ernst Rietschel from the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Cologne.

Prevent house dust allergies As possible countermeasures, the experts recommend regular ventilation, the use of mite-proof sheets and bed covers, which should be washed regularly and vacuumed more. Also, no plants should be positioned in the bedroom, according to the statement in the pharmacy magazine. Since the house dust mites die relatively quickly in freezing temperatures, the mattress can also be placed outside during the day in winter to free it from the allergy-causing animals. For children who suffer from a house dust allergy, the plush toys should be treated similarly, the experts advise. However, the cuddly toys can also be placed in the freezer at regular intervals, reports the pharmacy magazine. According to the current contribution, hyposensitization may also be an option in order to free the children from their symptoms in the long term. (fp)

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