Today is Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and has predicted 6 more weeks of cold winter weather. No matter which way the weather turns, this will impact how you manage your allergies, asthma, and skin conditions.

Winter Weather

Cold air can cause havoc to your body. It is a trigger for those with asthma because of the dryness of cold air. The cold air can cause muscle spasms which can irritate the lining of the airways. This will cause coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Some tips for avoiding asthma attacks during the winter include limiting outdoor exposure, have an Asthma Action Plan, and using humidifiers that are cleaned regularly.

Indoor allergies flare in the winter because people are staying indoors to avoid the cold weather. Common indoor triggers include dust mites, mold, pet dander, cockroaches, and more. The best way to minimize your indoor allergies is to keep your household clean. Dusting and vacuuming frequently and watching for damp places to avoid mold can drastically change the exposure amount to triggers. Keeping pets out of bedrooms and grooming them regularly can also decrease exposure to pet allergens.

 

The cold has a drastic impact on skin conditions. Because of the dryness of cold air, it can extract moisture from the skin. This can make eczema much worse. Also, moving from indoors (warm temperatures) to the outdoors (cold temperatures) can also exacerbate eczema. It is important to try to maintain a constant comfortable temperature for your skin. Moisturizing and using humidifiers to put moisture back in the air.

 

Worried about the 6 more weeks of winter predicted this Groundhog Day? If you are struggling to maintain your allergies, asthma, and skin conditions in the cold winter weather, a Board-Certified Allergist can help you create a treatment plan that works best for you. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced Allergists, please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.

Source: Allergy & Asthma Network