Sinus problems are prevalent during the winter season due to a number of factors.
One, the dry air from home heating breaks down the mucous membrane, the body’s natural barrier to viruses and bacteria. This makes it easier for microorganisms to pass more easily into the nasal passages, causing the sinus problems we often associate with winter.
Some sinus problems during this season may also stem from allergies that are more prevalent during the winter months.
Allergic reactions from pet dander may worsen as both owners and pets spend more time indoors. The same goes for allergies from dust mites and mold which can exacerbate with closed windows and warm winter clothing and blankets being brought out of storage.
Symptoms of winter allergies
If your little one experience any of the following in winter, he/she may be having an allergic reaction:
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Itchy throat and ears
- Dry and itchy skin especially for those with eczema
How you can help your child
The most important thing you can do is to find out what your child is allergic to. This can be done through a blood test or skin test.
Once you figured out the things that trigger these allergic reactions, the best thing you can do is prevention. If the child is allergic to dust mites, make sure to have plans for dust control. If pet dander is the problem, create a plan on how you can avoid your child’s exposure to it.
Aside from the avoidance of known allergens, plenty of rest and a good diet can also be helpful.
If symptoms are getting worse, you can speak with a specialist on medications that can help control the symptoms or other available treatments.
Greater Knoxville ENT has specialists who can help. You may request an appointment by calling us at (865) 244-4396.