There is a misconception that allergies don't affect sufferers in the wintertime. What many don't think about when they hear about allergy and asthma is the triggers that don't happen to be seasonal or environmental such as food allergies. While things like pollen aren't typically high during this time of year, allergies and asthma can take place during any season.
Dress For Weather Warmth
The holiday season also happens to be cold and flu season. There are some ways that you can preemptively prepare for a random flair-up of your allergies and also get them under control for the coming season. A runny nose may be sparked by a virus that is going around, but it also may then trigger your allergic reactions such as sneezing, watery eyes and sore throat. Sometimes being sick does feel very close to having an allergic reaction that is typically called hay fever. Always stay as warm as possible, and don't forget to button up your coats.
Chilly weather can be a real bummer when it comes to your health. Your nose can easily get stuffed up and cold while you navigate the packed retailers during the holiday season. Always dress appropriately for the weather.
Watch What You Eat
Be mindful of ingredients. There are so many holiday parties and fun festivities that reign during this time of the year. This means that you'll have your fair share of food and then some. Depending on food allergies, this can get really tricky for some.
While many food allergies are found when individuals are much younger, sometimes allergies are developed later on in life. Make sure to keep your allergies in mind, as well as potential triggers for others in your close-knit circle of family and friends. No one wants to have a poor reaction that lands them in urgent care during the festive and fun holidays.
Watch What You Drink
Be wary of how much alcohol you drink. Some people don't realize that the cloudy feeling that accompanies a hangover can also irritate your sinuses and spur on common allergy symptoms. Try not to go overboard on the open bars and bottomless champagne because those things can really catch up to you and make you feel sick in more ways than one.
It's also important to note that often when someone's face gets red while they drink its because they're actually having an allergic reaction. They aren't just getting warm or hot, their body is telling them that what they are putting in their system is simply not agreeable to them.
Consider A Fake Tree
You, or someone you know, may actually react poorly to the Christmas tree. This is the reason some opt for a fake tree. Sometimes people have a hard time with the strong odors. While you may love that Christmas tree smell, it isn't exactly something that can't negatively affect other people. Especially if the tree still happens to have pollen or mold spores on it somewhere.
There's also something called terpene, which is found in the sap within a tree, that can be highly triggering to those who may have an allergy to it. If you notice you're getting a bit stuffy when you get close to the tree, that may be the reason why. Treat your nose with warm water and a netti pot. It's also recommended that if you are prone to asthma and allergies to have your inhaler and the appropriate dose of medicine on hand.