The holidays are a time for fun festive gatherings and spending time with those you love most. But unfortunately, it’s also the season for heightened allergies. Instead of suffering – or watching your child suffer – from these seasonal allergies, there are several things you can do to avoid or reduce the impact of allergy symptoms.
Causes of Holiday Allergies
Holiday Food – During the holidays, we’re surrounding by food, and in many cases, food that we did not prepare ourselves. This can lead to accidently ingesting ingredients that we are allergic to. This is especially true for children, so it is important that you pay attention to what your child eats.
Decorations – Wreaths, trees, and other holiday greenery is beautiful, festive, and a breeding ground for mold spores.
Pets – Your furry friend is part of the family too, and during this time of the year pets are often indoors more, which means more prevalent pet dander.
These factors, combined with the fact that there is less ventilation and increased furnace use can make for an uncomfortable environment for allergy sufferers.
How to Avoid/Control Symptoms
Food – Because food allergies can be extremely dangerous, it is important to know what you or your child is eating. Ask friends and family for a rundown of ingredients for dishes you are unfamiliar with, and always carry an Epi-pen if anyone in your family has a severe food allergy.
Decorations – Want to avoid the mold and mildew associated with live greenery? Artificial trees and other decorations provide an attractive and simple alternative.
Pets – To help reduce pet dander you should wash your pet before guests arrive, but the most effective way to ensure that you and your family aren’t suffering due to Fido? Wash your hands and face frequently, and have your children do the same.
When to See a Doctor
If you’ve followed the tips above, and aren’t really sure what’s causing you or your child’s symptoms; it may be time to see an allergist. By doing so you can get specific information about ways to manage these allergies or avoid them all together.