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Seasons allergies to look out for in January

Winter can be a deceptively active time for allergies.

Winter might not seem like an obvious time for seasonal allergies, but there are plenty of allergens people should be aware of in January.

Seasonal allergies are commonly associated with spring, fall and even summer when everything is in bloom and plants are abundant. But winter can pose just as much of a nuisance to allergy sufferers who are caught with their guard down. Mold, cold-induced hives and cedar fever are all things allergy-prone individuals should take precautions against during one of the coldest months of the year in the U.S. Those who don't mind find themselves struggling through runny noses and dry throats until the temperature starts to warm up.

Here are some popular winter allergens and steps you can take to mitigate their impact:

In colder months, people don't have to worry about mold outside, they have to worry about inside their house. To avoid the build up of mold, individuals should use a dehumidifier to keep air dry, but at a comfortable level at home. Ensuring that items such as shower curtains and towels are cleaned and dried thoroughly is another way to prevent mold formation. Cleaning with bleach will also help reduce the likelihood that mold will develop in bathroom drains or other places where mold is prone to crop up.

Cold-induced hives
Yes, in addition to making people shiver, cold temperatures can also make them break out in hives. Known as cold urticaria, this condition is characterized by hives and swelling. To avoid this, people should stay out of the cold as much as possible and bundle up with weather-appropriate clothing such as a heavy winter jacket, gloves and a hat. If symptoms do occur, they can be treated with antihistamines, which should help reduce swelling and decrease itching.

Cedar fever
To avoid the runny nose, red and itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing that can accompany cedar fever, allergy sufferers should have a healthy amount of antihistamines and decongestants on hand. And of course, those with a cedar tree allergy should try to minimize the amount of exposure to the allergen as possible. Individuals may also receive immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots to help build up tolerance to the allergen.

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