Allergy & Asthma Holiday Tips


Here are few tips for everyone — mainly those suffering from asthma, allergies and other respiratory illness — to stay healthy during the holiday season.

Close Contact

During the holidays, family and buddies gather in celebration. People are hugging and kissing hello and goodbye, and, unfortunately, respiratory viruses obtain passed around. If you have a cold, utilize good judgment about close physical contact. Wash your hands constant with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue rather than a your hands.  firmly consider getting an influenza vaccination.


Irritating Odors and Cold Air

People with allergies may be exposed to smoke and irritating odors at the parties. One individual's fragrant cologne is another individual's irritant. Even, kids with viral illnesses and asthma may be affected by the cold winter air. To detain an onset of respiratory problems caused by breathing cold air, encourage children to breathe via their noses instead of their mouths, and cover noses and mouths with scarves to keep cold air out of the airways.  If children with cold-triggered asthma wish to play outside, consider pretreating with albuterol prior to going outside.

Festive Foods

Holiday food preparation is a matter for those with food allergies. You can eat your own turkey dressing, but what if you go to a party where the hosts prepare theirs with walnuts, and you're allergic to walnuts? In extreme cases, you may have to bring your own meal. But usually , it's adequate to let the hosts know about allergies well before the gathering. Call ahead. Take time to be made. And don't leave your medications at house — bring your emergency medications, containing your epinephrine auto-injector and oral antihistamine, with you, so that you're prepare to react in an emergency.

Gift Giving

Gifts are seasonal delights, but consider every child's possible allergies and asthma triggers first before surprising him/her with gifts. Let parents make the decision about gifts like  stuffed animals or live pets that can trigger allergic reactions. Search for toys that don't have strong odors associated with them. Ignore homemade foods for danger of contamination with potential food allergens. Don’t provide lotions, soaps, oils or scented candles or perfumes which can have allergenic ingredients and/or artificial scents that can an aggravate symptoms.

 Frenzied Schedules

It's vital to monitor chronic illnesses around holidays and on vacation, when normal schedules aren't followed. People who have chronic medical conditions like  asthma should pay attention to their normal preventive measures and confirm  they're taking their preventive medications regularly. Always have your rescue inhalers on hand in case of a sudden symptoms.

Christmas Tree Allergies

Christmas trees are usually cited as the source of allergy attacks during the holidays, but molds, associated with watering live trees, and the chemicals sprayed on the trees are the more likely culprits than the tree itself. Allergic reactions generally occur shortly after an encounter with an allergen, like  dust mites or molds. Unpacking dusty Christmas ornaments can occur allergic reactions. Decorations stored in a damp basement harbor molds, a dust mites and other allergens. Moving, carrying and unpacking the Christmas decoration boxes stirs up dust and transfers allergens to the arms and the respiratory system. Keep ornaments and decorations stored in a dry areas, off the floor, and in plastic bags. Wash your arms after unpacking decorations. If you're very worried about allergy symptoms, permit others to trim the tree.

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