For those people with allergies, the holidays can be a particularly challenging time. Aside from having to deal with so many homemade desserts, tantalizing appetizers and delicious main courses without any ingredient labels, you also have to deal with holiday decorations that have been stored in wet, moldy basements or in dusty attics. So, in an attempt to ensure that this year only stirs up warm memories and not any allergic reactions, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- If you celebrate Christmas and like to have a tree, consider using an artificial one. While real trees like fir or pine are nice to have, they can trigger your allergies as they can contain dust which can irritate your nasal passages. Additionally, the water that’s typically used for the trees may contain irritating pollutants or get moldy due to water stagnation.
- You should also avoid fresh floral arrangements and poinsettias for the reasons mentioned above as well as the fact that they may cause skin rashes for some.
- Make sure that you place all your holiday decorations for the next year in large plastic containers. Throughout the year make sure to dust them to avoid a buildup that can later on trigger an allergic reaction.
Controlling holiday allergies is much harder if you’re still asking: Was it the walnut tarts at your uncle’s party that gave you an allergic reaction? Or his sociable little poodle? Maybe it was the turkey gravy?
If you’re not really sure what’s triggering holiday allergies, it’s probably time to see an allergist, a physician specially trained to diagnose and treat allergies.
Not only can an allergist help you discover what’s causing your symptoms, they’ll also help you manage, even prevent them — in the summer, during the holidays, any time allergies strike.