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Allergy advice for Holiday Parties

Allergy advice for Holiday Parties Pollen allergy sufferers are celebrating the end of a long season of misery. However, the end of the year presents new allergy challenges. Holiday parties can be frightening for those with food allergies, and the colder weather forces increased exposure to indoor allergens/irritants such as pet dander, dust mites, mold, […]

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Allergy advice for Holiday Parties

Pollen allergy sufferers are celebrating the end of a long season of misery. However, the end of the year presents new allergy challenges. Holiday parties can be frightening for those with food allergies, and the colder weather forces increased exposure to indoor allergens/irritants such as pet dander, dust mites, mold, and Holiday decorations.

A few things to keep in mind:

Read The Labels

Food is the focus of many gatherings and celebrations the final months of the year. This can pose serious challenges and anxiety for those with food allergies. Read food labels carefully before indulging, and keep in mind the risk associated with cross-contamination. If the ingredients are unknown, don’t take any risks. Find a food that you’re 100% certain is safe (packing your own food is a great option). Always have access to several injectable epinephrine devices!

Avoid Decorations

Holiday decorations can cause serious reactions due to accumulation of allergens during storage (i.e. dust and mold) and their potent smells. The best method to reduce symptoms is avoidance, but this isn’t always practical. Remain diligent with your allergy and asthma medications as prescribed, and consider making an appointment with your allergist to discuss altering your treatment plan to accommodate an anticipated increase in symptoms.

Use An Artificial Tree

If you traditionally have difficulty with live Christmas trees, there’s a good chance this is due to mold hypersensitivity. Consider investing in an artificial tree. However, you might tolerate a live tree better if you let it dry in the garage or on a dry porch for a few days, then shake it before bringing it into your home.

Stay Healthy!

Addressing potential allergy risks with well thought out strategies will keep you healthy, and make the last few months of the year less stressful and more enjoyable!

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