I’ve had a history with seasonal allergies since I was born, and as a result, I’ve become well acquainted with antihistamines. For most of the year I take daily loratadine (Claritin),and when I get more breakthrough hay fever symptoms such as sneezing and itchy, watery, bloodshot eyes, I combat them with diphenhydramine (Benadryl). However, during these particular times during the change of seasons, antihistamines seemingly lose their effect. The most frustrating part is the fact that I still get all the side effects, but with absolutely no relief! If the antihistamines aren’t working, then I’m convinced I’m not experiencing symptoms related to allergies.
Is it the Common Cold or Flu?
Flu and colds occur more often in the winter, and there are a couple of reasons for this. First, the cold weather tends to make people more prone to staying indoors, and people are in contact with each other for longer periods of time. This obviously makes the risk of spreading infection higher in the winter. Secondly, viruses love dry air. Not only is the air more dry outside, but indoor heating strips even more moisture out of the air, sometimes leaving the relative humidity near 10%. Considering that normal relative humidity is in the range