-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
FRIDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Winter months can be rough
for people who are allergic to mold spores and dust mites, and
holiday decorations may contribute to the problem.
"During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes -- any of which can make their lives miserable," Dr. William Reisacher, director of the Allergy Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said in a medical center news release.
One way to prevent a winter allergy flare-up is to keep holiday
"Mold spores can cause additional problems compared to pollen allergy because mold grows anywhere and needs little more than moisture and oxygen to thrive," said Dr. Rachel Miller, director of allergy and immunology at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, which is part of the medical center.
The experts recommended several other ways to keep mold and dust
allergies in check, including:
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
provides additional tips on how to manage
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