person with allergies, the holiday season can create
challenges. Decorated trees, roaring fires and a plate of
Christmas cookies can lead to problems.
person who is allergic needs to be an advocate for himself,
because itís always better to be safe than sorry," says
Dr. Rohit Divekar, a Mayo Clinic allergic diseases specialist.
make it easier for someone with allergies by being aware of
some common holiday triggers.
the center of the celebration, the Christmas tree can also be
the reason for your sneezing.
can get runny nose, congestion," explains Dr. Divekar.
because holiday trees can carry allergens like mold and dust.
can also have lower respiratory symptoms," adds Dr.
Divekar. "And these can manifest in wheezing, cough,
chest tightness Ė especially if you have asthma."
smoke from a crackling fire can cause similar problems for a
person with asthma. Even scented holiday candles can make some
it does trigger symptoms, although not necessarily allergic in
nature," explains Dr. Divekar.
other hand, nuts and other ingredients baked into holiday
treats can cause a serious reaction for a person with a food
Divekar recommends updating prescriptions during the holidays,
especially rescue medications.
a little more careful as to what you eat or what youíre
exposed to, and that will go a long way in making sure your
holidays are full of fun and happiness," says Dr. Divekar.