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Holiday Season Allergy Triggers
By Michael S. Rowe, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.I.

The holidays place allergy and asthma sufferers at risk in many ways.  Removal of stored dusty and musty decorations can introduce allergens and irritants to the home environment.  Plastic and glass items are easier to keep clean than fabric ornaments and decorations.

Live Christmas trees can carry mold, pollen, and strong odors indoors and flare allergy and asthma symptoms.  Artificial Christmas trees are usually preferred as they are easier to keep dust, mold, and irritant free. 

Although delicious meals may be served during the holidays, some of these foods can be threatening to food allergic individuals.  Food allergens such as nuts, peanuts, fish, and shellfish are frequently included on holiday party menus.  Although you may take great care to avoid these significant food allergens within your home, the foods served at the homes of family and friends as well as restaurants and banquet halls may frequently showcase these food items.  Plan ahead to seek out allergy free food options or bring your own food.  Have your epinephrine auto-injector readily available for unforeseen circumstances.

Keep the season bright and healthy.  Make an appointment to see Dr. Rowe for further information and recommendations.

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