Some people may assume that they won’t have to contend with allergies once the fall has left us. But, with the holiday season upon us, it is possible that your allergies and asthma may return with a vengeance. Sneezing and congestion may arrive around this time and can put quite a damper on your holiday cheer!
Be aware of these triggers during the holiday season and follow our tips to avoid spending these weeks feeling like a Scrooge:
- Holiday parties and gatherings means that you’ll be exposed to a variety of foods and allergen triggers that you may typically stay away from. Don’t be tempted by a holiday treat that could possibly contain ingredients, like nuts, wheat, or soy, that you are allergic to. Check with the host or the chef if you have concerns about what is in the food and be sure to carry your allergy medication or epi-pen with you.
Spending time in other peoples’ homes may increase your allergic reactions to pet dander. Pets are indoors more often this time of year and that, coupled with an intolerance to an unfamiliar pet’s dander, can leave you feeling congested and uncomfortable. Find out if your host has pets and, if so, take your medication ahead of time and wash your hands frequently.
Christmas trees and other holiday plants may carry mold. Mold floats in the air like pollen and cannot be seen. Mold and mildew can also be found on leaves that get tracked inside. If you’re allergic to mold or mildew, you may want to consider using artificial trees and be sure to ask your guests to remove their shoes before entering your home.
Holiday decorations that have been stored all year long will likely be holding onto some dust. If dust gets your allergies going, clean your decorations before putting them up. Also, store them in airtight containers when not in use.
The smoke from fireplaces is a major asthma irritant. If the fire is roaring, hang out in another room or, better yet, turn the television onto the yule log station!
If you find that you’re experiencing new allergy symptoms or aren’t sure why you’re suffering from the sniffles and itchy eyes, give us a call at 508-746-8977 to schedule an appointment!