‘Tis the season… to be cautious of our allergies!

Christmas allergies

‘Tis the season… to be cautious of our allergies!

Christmas is fast approaching, and it’s a wonderful time to kick back, relax, and enjoy time with family and friends. But while we enjoy some much-needed time off over the festive period, allergies love to stick around.

The last thing you want is to ruin Christmas with an allergic reaction. The symptoms will be unpleasant, you won’t feel yourself, and might miss out on some fun events. While you’re having a good time, try to keep your allergies in mind. A little extra caution and awareness will ensure you have the happiest and healthiest end to your year and start to the next one.

Am I allergic to my tree?

You’re getting into the festive spirit and have found the perfect tree. But ever since bringing it home you’ve been sneezing constantly!

What you’re dealing with isn’t an allergy to the tree itself, but most likely a reaction to mould spores. 5 to 20% of the population are allergic to mould, so you definitely aren’t alone. 

As you can imagine, a damp tree that’s been outside for years is a perfect home for mould. And once it’s in your house, you’ll be coming into contact with it a lot. Inhaling mould spores can trigger asthma or allergic symptoms.

Try shaking off your tree or giving it a hose down before bringing it inside. And perhaps add tissues to your Christmas list?

Keep up the cleaning

If you’re allergic to dust, you’ll likely suffer year-round. But things can get even worse over Christmas. 

We unbox decorations that have been up in the attic for the past year collecting dust. And we rely on heating, don’t open windows, and spend a lot more time indoors. Before long, your house turns into a snow globe of dust and your body doesn’t know if it’s coming or going.

With this in mind, keep on top of your cleaning. It’s easy to get distracted and put off cleaning in favour of being festive. But you’ll thank yourself in the new year when you aren’t celebrating 2020 with a huge allergic reaction.

Don’t forget about drinks!

You might be good at keeping on top of your food allergies, making friends and family aware of what to avoid. But let’s not forget about drinks!

We all know that sharing is caring over Christmas. But allergens can stay in saliva for several hours. It might only take one shared drink to ruin your celebrations.

Also, bear in mind the ingredients of drinks. It seems obvious now, but when you’re caught up in the good times, it’s easy to forget about the milk in Bailey’s, sulphites in wine, or gluten in beer.

We all love Christmas, right? Let’s vow to make this one a good one by protecting ourselves from allergens. No one wants to spend Christmas Day nursing an allergic reaction! Talk about dampened spirits.

If you want to book an allergy test and figure out what you should avoid over the festive period, give us a call on 02031 433 499.

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