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Tree nut allergy safety during the holiday season

If you or a loved one has a tree nut allergy, the holiday season can be stressful. Tree nut allergies and the holidays don’t have to mean stress and headaches though. From navigating the grocery store with its open bins of nuts to your great aunt’s nutty fruitcake she insists on bringing to family gatherings, […]

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If you or a loved one has a tree nut allergy, the holiday season can be stressful. Tree nut allergies and the holidays don’t have to mean stress and headaches though.

From navigating the grocery store with its open bins of nuts to your great aunt’s nutty fruitcake she insists on bringing to family gatherings, you can have a safe and healthy holiday season with a tree nut allergy.

Here are five tips on managing a tree nut allergy during the holidays.

Ask questions

If you are going to visit family and friends over the holiday season, don’t be afraid to ask what is on the menu. There is always an alternative to a nut-filled treat (yes, you can even make nut-free “pecan pie” with pretzels!) to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Come prepared

Before a party, eat a snack or meal so you won’t have to go hungry if there isn’t any food you or your loved one can enjoy. And bring a treat or two – especially if your child is the one with the allergy. Even if there are no actual nuts served at the party, it’s hard to control how people cook and bake and most people don’t understand the risks of cross-contamination.

Be the host

Yes,we know you don’t want to take on ONE MORE THING this holiday season, but if you host the party, you’ll know the main dish and a few sides – and desserts – will be safe for you or your loved one to eat. And since it’s your house, you can set a nut-free policy!

Make sure you have an updated allergy action plan

Reactions can always happen, even when we are careful. Taking the time to develop and then periodically review the allergy action plan for yourself or a loved one is crucial to knowing how to act should a reaction occur. You can do this with your allergist – the experts at Midwest Allergy would love to help!

Skip it

If family or friends are just not understanding of you or your loved one’s tree nut allergy, it’s OK to skip a gathering or party. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding and you need to take a break or stay home to keep you or a loved one safe and healthy. This isn’t an ideal solution, but no one wants to have a reaction during the holiday season.

Midwest Allergy

If you are looking for more information on managing a tree nut allergy, make an appointment with one of our doctors today! If you manage other allergies, check out this blog for helpful tips.

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