Mild Winter Means An Early Start For Allergy Symptoms

Soothing Side Effects and Managing Exposure Help Allergy Sufferers Get Through the Season

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2011-2012 winter is the fourth warmest on record. The mild weather is triggering an unusually early release of pollen that causes pesky allergy symptoms. Beyond the itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose, one overlooked side effect of allergies is dry or irritated lips. New Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother is especially developed to provide comforting relief and protection for lips feeling under the weather due to allergies.

"Managing allergy symptoms is paramount to get through the season and it starts with the skin as it is the first line of defense," said Dr. Charles Zugerman, associate professor of clinical dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Dry and cracked lips cause fissures in the skin, leaving them more susceptible to infection. Additionally, by relieving the lip discomfort, allergy sufferers also feel better which in turn helps them rest and recover."

Battling Dry Lips

More than 50 million adults suffer from allergies and its painful side effects. Dry and chapped lips are caused by a number of factors during allergy season, including open mouth breathing as a result of blocked passageways and the dehydrating effects of medications such as antihistamines.

Zugerman recommends keeping a moisturizing lip balm on-hand, such as Blistex Cold & Allergy Lip Soother, to treat and combat dry lips. A few other ways to alleviate allergy symptoms include:

  • Use an air purifier to remove contaminants from the air such as dust, pollen and pet dander.
  • Ensure your vacuum has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. A vacuum without this filter may make allergies and asthma worse by disturbing and blowing the dust particles in the air.
  • Bathe in cool water and use a mild soap without perfume or coloring.
  • Wash your laundry in hot water with a temperature of 130 degrees or greater.
  • Change your clothing after spending a lot of time outdoors to keep the pollen out of the house.