If your nose is constantly stuffy, your eyes itchy, and your head feels like it’s about to explode – you’re probably experiencing winter allergies.

Wait, what? People often confuse these symptoms with a cold. The common cold will last from 7-10 days, whereas winter allergies can last for months. During the winter, we’re exposed to more indoor allergens such as mold, dust mites, and animal dander because we spend all our time inside. What can you do?

Partha’s RX for Fighting Winter Allergies

1. Buy New Bedding or Wash Bedding on Hot

If you typically wake up feeling stuffy, it’s time to buy new bedding that’s impervious to dust mites and other allergens. If you don’t think you need new allergy resistance bedding, throw your blankets and sheets into the washer and dryer on “hot” settings to help kill anything that could be lurking.

2. Capture Allergens with Filters

A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can dramatically improve winter allergy symptoms. These filters are small and can be set up in the corner of a room to help you breathe easy.

3. Use a Humidifier

The dry winter air can also dry out nasal passages, which can cause irritation and inflammation. Using a humidifier can really help. Shoot for indoor humidity levels to be around 35-45%.

4. Use Saline Spray

A couple of squirts before bed can help free any gunk or allergens trapped in your nose.

5. Vacuum More

Vacuuming more will help suck up the pet dander and human skin cells that attract and feed dust mites.