Health Advice



How to ease winter's indoor allergies

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

If you have a tickly nose and frequent sneezes when you're indoors, don't stifle it. One man in England did just that, and according to the report in the journal BMJ Cases, he tore a hole in his windpipe. A better move: Get rid of the offending allergens. They commonly include dust mites, cockroaches, mold and pets, and can lurk in bedding; carpets and rugs; humidifiers and dehumidifiers; cupboards and corners; even kids' stuffed animals. To reduce a winter indoor allergy, using an air filter and a vacuum cleaner with small-particle HEPA filters can help; so can allergy shots (immunotherapy). Then:

To counter dust mite allergies:

-- Enclose mattresses, box springs and pillows in allergen-proof covers or zippered plastic covers.

-- Wash bedding weekly in 130 degrees or warmer water; dry on high heat.

-- Have washable or dry-cleanable throw rugs.

-- Dust furniture and clean upholstery regularly.


For pet allergies:

-- Get immunotherapy and remember dander and saliva trigger cat and dog allergies, but urine from rabbits, hamsters, mice and guinea pigs can also be the culprit -- so don't clean the cages yourself.


-- Repair leaks and drips. Keep humidifiers clean.


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(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.



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