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Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Date:12/5/2009

d allergies should ask party or dinner hosts about the ingredients used in each dish. It is also a good idea to prepare a dish you know is "safe" for you to eat and bring it along to share. When hosting a gathering, talk to guests in advance about food allergies.
  • When traveling, remember to pack your asthma and allergy medications. If the trip requires air travel, keep those items in a carry-on bag. Bringing a pillow and mattress cover is recommended for those affected by dust mites.
  • Stress doesn't cause allergies or asthma but can weaken your immune system. Make sure you take time in your busy holiday schedule to stay on top of your allergy and asthma symptoms so that illness doesn't ruin your holiday plans. People with asthma should talk with their doctor about getting a flu shot, the ACAAI recommends.

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    The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about allergies and asthma.



    -- Robert Preidt



    SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, Nov. 25, 2009


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