Christmas is an exciting time to spend with family, friends and enjoy a bit of downtime—but it can also be a tricky time if you or your child has asthma.
From Christmas tree allergens to dusty decorations, the holiday season can be a minefield of allergens. But don’t worry — with a little bit of information, and some preparation, you can enjoy the holiday season as much as everyone else!
One of the best ways you can make sure you have a symptom-free holiday season is by planning ahead. From booking in an asthma review to stocking up on your asthma medications, it’s essential to have your asthma supplies prepared before your healthcare provider takes their Christmas vacation. For example, if you need a new prescription filling, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor before they close for the holidays. You should also make a note of who you should call in the event of an emergency.
Beware of Triggers:
Christmas Tree Allergy
Real Christmas trees are a potential asthma trigger for some people, due to the mold that they can bring into the home, and the strong scent of pine. Simple steps such as keeping your tree away from heat can help to limit the growth of mold.
Artificial Christmas Trees
Although less common, artificial trees can also cause asthma symptoms to increase. This is often due to the accumulation of dust and mold from storing in areas of the home, such as the attic and garage. Wiping your artificial tree down with a damp cloth can help to remove dust and any other allergens it may have collected.
Another place that dust and mold can hide, Christmas decorations should also be wiped down and cleaned with a damp cloth before each use. You should also consider investing in some vacuum storage bags that can help to limit the growth of mold and dust.
Open fires are cozy and relaxing, but they can also be a trigger for people with asthma. Burning wood releases tiny particles that are similar to those created by traffic pollution. These small particles can enter the airways, making them inflamed and exacerbating asthma symptoms.
Stick to Your Treatment Plan
Although Christmas is an exciting time that is full of distractions, it’s important to continue following your asthma treatment plan exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Unmanaged asthma is the leading cause of asthma attacks, so it’s essential to stick to your maintenance medication schedule and have your reliever medication handy too.
Limit Your Stress
The Christmas season can be stressful. From entertaining guests and spending untold amounts of time with family to the financial strain of purchasing gifts, the holidays can be overwhelming. Stress can be a contributing factor to increased asthma symptoms and the possibility of having an asthma attack, so it’s crucial to practice stress management. Taking the time out to enjoy simple things such as a meal with friends, or a relaxing bath
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