There are some distinct seasonal allergens that may increase your sensitivities during the holidays. Be sure to have your prescribed medications on hand, and avoid situations whenever possible that can impede your breathing or cause discomfort. Talk with your asthma doctor about the best approach to dealing with wintertime triggers and allergens.
Some things that can trigger your sensitivities, allergies, and asthma during the holidays are:
Poinsettias. Poinsettias can cause you to sniffle and sneeze, and many with severe allergies may find that the symptoms include difficulty breathing or a rash. Also, be aware that poinsettia plants are very toxic for pets, especially dogs and cats. Play it safe by skipping the live poinsettias and opting for realistic-looking silk flowers instead.
Your tree. A live Christmas tree may fill the home with the scent of the holidays, but it can also cause allergies and asthma to cause great discomfort and difficulty breathing. Did you know that live trees can also be a fire hazard? Feel better and symptom-free by using an artificial tree; if you must have the smell of the season, give it a light spritz of pine-scented essential oil.
Indoor pets. It is likely that pets will spend more time indoors during the holidays and wintry weather than other times of the year. This can cause your sensitivity to dander, fur, or pets to wreak havoc during the holidays. Bathe pets with a shampoo that is designed to remove dander and vacuum the home frequently to get rid of any hair that may trigger your symptoms.
A roaring fire. A fire roaring in the fireplace or wood-stove is cozy and welcoming, but the smoke it emits could cause you issues with breathing and asthma attacks. Be sure to adjust the flue on your chimney to avoid filling the home with smoke, and have the chimney cleaned annually if you plan on enjoying a fire this winter.
The crisp air. A drop in temperatures could also be to blame for an asthma attack or respiratory distress. Cold, crisp air can take your breath away, especially if you are outside working or working-out. Prepare by carrying your inhaler or medication at all times and limiting the time that you spend outside during extreme cold spells.
Breathe easier by avoiding potential situations that could cause your allergies or asthma to act up whenever possible. During the holidays, you may find that allergens are inevitable, so speak with your doctor about the best pharmacological approach to treating your distinct condition.