Fighting winter allergies

FARGO, ND (KVLY) Many people believe that as the spring and fall seasons wrap up, so do their allergies, but that’s not always the case once winter rolls around.

“Winter time allergies as opposed to seasonal allergies usually have to do with indoor allergens,” says allergist Dr. Chris Cleveland.

While indoor allergies can affect you year-round, Dr. Cleveland, said it’s mainly confined to the winter months.

“Really when we switch over our heating and ventilation systems in our homes, that’s when we really start having more troubles with the pet allergens and the dust mite allergens because we’re indoors all the time,” Dr. Cleveland explains.

The symptoms of winter allergies can often times be confused for a cold.

“Colds usually last for about 7 to 14 days and it can be a combination of both clear mucus and then sometimes getting into the green and runny stuff,” said Dr. Cleveland. “But, usually, allergies have more to do with just clear and it lasts for more than just a few weeks, it can go on for months.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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