Did you Plan for the Holidays?

The holidays are filled with plans. We make plans to shop for gifts, see friends and family, hopefully take time off from work and

Christmas tree allergies, mold, conifer trees, fragrance allergies, sniffles, sneezing

Mold spores may be the other “gifts” found under your Christmas tree.

school and even anticipate how we’ll welcome in 2014.

But we often don’t consider how getting sick can ruin all of our plans. By taking preventative measures, a healthy, happy holiday season is more likely.

If travel is in your holiday forecast, you’ll want to pack items that help you stay healthy.

A saline spray helps moisturize your nasal passages when you’re on an airplane or experiencing cold temperatures. Moisturized sinuses can help support the natural germ filters in our noses. The saline spray will also rinse irritants from nasal passages which can contribute to congestion and itchy noses.

Anticipate your allergies.

Does a festive holiday setting make you sniffle? Some conifer trees carry mold spores that trigger allergic reactions or even asthma.  Additionally, dust can accumulate on ornaments that were stored during the year and, if not wiped well before being placed on the tree, can get airborne and into your nose.

Other holiday traditions such as a roaring fire in the fireplace and holiday parties can expose you to sinus troubles. Smoke from the fire can cause irritation for those who are allergic and can be especially concerning for people with asthma.

Since holiday parties often include getting dressed up, it’s not uncommon for party-goers to spray perfume or cologne, to which many people can be sensitive. Combine those aromas with scented candles added for a festive atmosphere and you have a recipe for seasonal sniffles.

Hopefully this doesn’t persuade you to stay at home in order to avoid the potential for not feeling well. Just being aware of these possible triggers which can lead to illness, and planning for them, will help ensure you holiday is merry, indeed.



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