Returning home for the holidays can be a nostalgic time. But for those with allergies and asthma, celebrating the season with family and friends can be anything but enjoyable.
The ACAAI has put together tips on what can trigger your symptoms when returning home for the holidays.
Allergies are coming to town – Even if you have never before had a problem with your grandma’s cat, you may find yourself suddenly sneezing and wheezing. Allergies can strike at any age, meaning being a houseguest in a pet’s home can be bothersome. If you notice you are having an allergic reaction, ask the host to keep the pet away from where you will be sleeping.
Pass the sneezy pudding – Festive feasts are a staple of this time of year but they can contain several health hazards if you have a food allergy. Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones how the meal was prepared.
Oh Christmas tree, how sappy are your branches – If you find yourself sneezing around the Christmas tree, wreaths and garland, you might be allergic to terpene. Naturally produced by plants, terpene can be found in oil and sap.
Make a list and check it twice – Pack wisely. Be sure you take along allergy medications, an inhaler and allergist-prescribed epinephrine if you are at risk for a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.
Allergies and asthma should not put a damper on holiday celebrations. Before you set out to visit with friends and relatives this season, check out smoke and pet-free hotels in the area just in case you need a new place to stay.