‘Tis the season to be jolly, but ‘tis also the season to be itchy.
Holiday allergies are probably your unwanted gifts this Christmas. Sneezing, congestion, redness are just some of the things that can dampen the holiday spirit. But thankfully, you don’t have to be sidelined by these symptoms from enjoying the festivities. Below are a few info and tips to keep your holiday allergies in check.
Why do you experience allergies during the holidays?
There are a lot of things that can trigger or exacerbate allergies during the holidays – food, pets, seasonal greenery, wood-burning fire, etc. While most of these allergens can be managed throughout the year, they can spike and go out of control once the bells start jingling. Many options are available to alleviate holiday allergies. However, you need to know first what specific cause is triggering your symptoms so you can choose the right set of treatments.
What are the common causes of holiday allergies?
Food. Seasonal foods at this time of the year are plenty; you also dine a lot away from home, and; parties sprout here, there, and everywhere. All of these increase your chances of eating something you are allergic to.
Molds. These naked-to-the-eye, airborne allergens thrive during the holidays because of the cool and moist climate. Mold spores tend to cling to damp greenery like wreaths, trees, and boughs, which many people bring inside their homes for Christmas decorating.
Pets. Like you, your pets stay indoors more often during the holidays. This means there are more dander, hair, and fur circulating around the house. If you have an existing pet allergy, this will worsen your symptoms.
While it is a big help to know what causes your holiday allergies, it is equally important that you know what you can do to relive yourself of those nasty symptoms and avoid any other future allergy episodes.
How do you control holiday allergies?
Food allergies are simple to avoid – you just have to know yourself very well. Know what type of foods you are sensitive to. You also need to communicate that information. When attending Christmas parties and gatherings, make it a point to tell your hosts and hostesses what foods you are allergic to, so they can inform you what dishes you can and cannot eat from their menu.
If you are severely allergic to mold spore, it may not be a good idea to usher in live greenery inside your house. Instead, switch to artificial trees, wreaths ,and boughs. However, though artificial decorations are less inclined to trigger allergic reactions, they may still grow molds and even accumulate dust, so make sure you keep them clean.
No, you don’t have to banish your precious cats or dogs outside the cold just to dodge pet allergies. All you have to do is to make sure that the house is cleaned and vacuumed regularly, and that you wash your hands and face frequently. And make sure you have your allergy medications in hand when symptoms begin to pester you.