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Have an Allergy-Free Holiday

Late December is a wonderful time of the year, unless you happen to suffer from holiday-hampering allergies. Some allergy sufferers cannot have garlands, real pine Christmas trees and scented candles around, but you can have a happy holiday without having an allergic reaction to items that convey seasonal cheer.

Traveling With Allergies

Christmas week, December 19–25, is the busiest travel week of the year, according to the Orbitz Insider Index. Traveling with allergies may be difficult, but it can be done. The following are ways to make staying with relatives or in a hotel room easier for those who suffer from indoor allergies.

People expecting guests in their home can do their part to help by eliminating triggers they may have around the house. Items like air fresheners and floral arrangements contribute to the holiday spirit but may cause problems for allergy sufferers. Vacuuming and dusting regularly will help eliminate allergens, too.

The pediatric experts at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics offer one standing piece of advice to allergy sufferers: Don’t forget the medications or equipment needed to handle an allergy episode. It is also recommended travelers plan what they will do in the event of an allergy attack.

Spending Time Indoors

The holiday season means more people will be spending time indoors. Cold weather and warm fires can help a home feel cozy, but indoor allergens can become a problem if not properly handled. Before igniting the first fireplace fire of the season, have a professional inspect the chimney. A clean chimney and a new fire screen can go a long way toward keeping allergy-inducing smoke out of the house.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, inspecting and changing air filters is also essential for keeping indoor air quality at its best. When filters aren’t properly cleaned, dust mites and other allergens can be blown through the house and cause reactions to allergens.

To learn about the allergy services offered at Children’s Mercy, visit our Allergy/Asthma/Immunology site.

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