Monday, November 24, 2008

Biggest Holiday Allergy Triggers

1. Christmas trees and decorations. Allergies to evergreens are usually caused by high levels of mold spores, grass, ragweed, and pine pollen—all of which can trigger severe symptoms including asthma attacks.
2. Poinsettias. This traditional Christmas plant produces a milky sap that may cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation in some people.

3. Scented candles. As irresistible as the fragrances of gingerbread cookies or candied apples can be, they may come at a steep price to allergy sufferers.

4. Alcohol. The celebratory feeling of the season may put you in the mood to kick back a few, but the result could be an allergic reaction (not to mention a nasty hangover.)

5. Firewood. There's nothing more picturesque than cozying up in front of a wood-burning fireplace with the snow falling gently outside.

My son and husband have both sensitive noses; and they both have allergies through the year especially during winter time. With these things in mind, I try to be careful putting holiday decorations in to my home at this time of the year.


  1. Keep medicines in place in case the allergy strikes.



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