A Farewell to Allergies?IN SEASONAL HEALTH
Just because you said goodbye to hay fever in the autumn, don't assume you’re free from allergic reactions. Although many allergens disappear in cold weather, it also provides an opportunity for some allergens that have been in hiding to emerge.
Common Winter Allergens
Many winter activities, both indoors and outdoors, can give rise to allergic reactions. Even preparing for winter can produce allergens—rummaging through attics may bring you into contact with mold spores, dust or fiberglass insulation. Mold is one of the most common winter allergens, as it grows easily in damp places such as ski lodges, snowy doormats, live Christmas tree branches or snow gear.
Mold isn’t the only allergen people come across in the winter. Cheaper ski masks can contain latex, and some winter coats may have fibers that could cause itching.
Preparing for Winter Allergies
The key to dealing with winter allergies is planning ahead. If you’ve been prescribed an Epi-pen by your physician, take it with you if you’ll be away from your home for any extended period of time in case of an allergic reaction occurs. Wear gloves in the attic to protect yourself from fiberglass, and wash clothes that have been stored away before wearing them. When attending a holiday party, be sure to let the host or hostess know ahead of time if you have any allergies so you can be aware of ingredients.
|Stocking Stuffers for the Allergy Conscious
Allergies can make simple joys like eating out or wearing cosmetics difficult for many. This holiday season, help the ones you love enjoy those simple things by presenting them with one of these allergy-safe gifts.
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