'Tis the Season to Fight Holiday Allergies

More than 40 million Americans suffer from allergies and allergy symptoms. Although spring allergens are gone, those with allergies are still susceptible to symptoms during the holiday season.

In fact, the holiday season is full of additional triggers for allergies and asthma. Common triggers are mold from trees, dust on decorations, seasonal scents and food allergies.

Employ these thoughtful tips to help tackle these allergy triggers with tact

  • Try not to go overboard with scented candles, air fresheners or oils. People suffering from asthma should take extra precaution around these synthetic smells, because they may have an increased sensitivity to such fragrances.
  • Be careful around live Christmas trees because the mold associated with watering live trees and the chemicals used on them can be highly allergenic.
  • Thoroughly dust artificial trees, and decorations so dust does not cause an allergic reaction.
  • Take caution around foods you normally don’t eat or do not know the ingredients of.
  • Avoid smoke inhalation, if possible. Firewood smoke is known to be highly toxic, and some people are especially sensitive to the chemicals released from hearth fires.
  • Most importantly, keep an epi-pen and other allergy medicine readily available.

Make sure that you take care of yourself and your family and enjoy the holiday season. If you find yourself struggling with allergy issues, make sure to schedule a visit with your primary care physician or call Harbin Clinic Ear Nose & Throat Rome at 762-235-2280