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5 Ways You Can Avoid Allergies This Upcoming Holiday Season

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Your nose is tickling, your eyes are watering, and you’re sneezing. Your allergies are preventing you from enjoying the holidays. It’s also the culprit behind why everything else around you seems to be going wrong. 

There seem to be plenty of remedies designed to stop your itchy, watery eyes from making you miserable, from over-the-counter treatments to allergy shots. Still, not much has been done to help prevent allergies from occurring in the first place.

But how can you prevent holiday allergies?

1. Stay Away from Scented Candles

Scented candles are popular during the holidays, along with lit-up fireplaces. As much as you want to set fire to that fireplace and light some scented candles, you shouldn’t, as they may trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. Don’t worry; there’s a way around this—you can get flameless candles instead. You can also invest in an electric fireplace to avoid scent or smoke that could make you cough or wheeze. 

2. Clean the Trees and Wreaths

Before you react, read this first: yes, those fresh fir trees and wreaths are beautiful. And can you imagine the holidays without them? We’re sure you can’t. However, they can trigger skin allergies when you come in contact with the substance terpene found in the sap of trees. Some trees may even have mold spores or pollen on them that may trigger your allergies. 

We’re not saying you should skip the trees and wreaths for the holidays, but you may need to get some extra work in. You need to make sure you rinse off live trees before you bring them inside your house. In case you have artificial trees and decorations, make sure to clean them out.

3. Reconsider Hugs and Kisses

Hugs and kisses are normal during the holidays, but you may want to reconsider them. These gestures can spread germs easily, and you don’t want to get sick! Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly and regularly and get those flu shots before spending time with your loved ones. 

4. Be Vigilant About the Foods You Eat

If you’re eating at a loved one’s home and you have food allergies, don’t be shy to ask what’s inside each of the food items. You don’t want to have a serious allergy attack in the middle of dinner, right? If you’re in doubt, it’s best to skip the food with unknown ingredients. 

5. Clean Your Home

Dust and dander can trigger an allergy attack. With this, take the time to clean your home thoroughly. In the case you’re visiting a home, it’s best to bring your allergy medicine with you because you’ll never know how clean the home is. 

Enjoy the Holidays Without Worrying About an Allergy Attack!

The holidays are around the corner, which also means allergies are in full swing. The common cold and flu are making rounds through workplaces, schools, and anywhere else the population gathers. But did you know that allergies can also get in the way of fun for the holiday season? That’s because you might get sinus infections or even hay fever. Use these tips to help you avoid an allergy attack. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays to the fullest! 

If you do suffer from a serious allergy attack, it needs to be addressed immediately. Agile Urgent Care is a full-service, walk-in, medical facility in New Jersey that provides convenient and affordable service, including adult care. Call us today for more information!

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