It’s autumn and everyone is enjoying the cooler weather, the trees are just starting to change colors and Halloween is a couple weeks away. People who have food and non-food allergies can look forward to a fun, safe Halloween weekend by planning ahead and preparing accordingly.
When trick or treating, bring along some ingredient safe treats for kids to enjoy before getting home and checking ingredients in the treats they’ve collected along the way. Take note that some “fun size” candies may have different ingredients than their full size versions. And look for houses participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project – these homes will be offering non-food treats safe for all food allergic individuals. If attending parties or holiday gatherings, contact the host/coordinator in advance to learn what foods will be served – or offer to bring a food you know is safe for your family.
When it comes to costumes, be alert that some may be made with hidden allergens such as latex and nickel. If a costume has been stored for a long time, try to clean it to get any dust off that has accumulated before wearing it. This will help those who are allergic to dust be more comfortable and quite possibly even prevent an asthma attack.
Finally, that crisp autumn air that everyone’s enjoying? Ragweed pollen, prevalent in the fall, can still be causing symptoms in folks who suffer from ragweed allergy, even after the pollen is no longer in the air. Fallen, damp leaves can harbor mold and windy autumn weather can spread pollen and mold further. It is suggested that children and adults with fall allergies continue their allergy medication until two weeks after the first frost.
Has it been a frightful autumn for you or your kids with allergies? Maybe it’s time to schedule an appointment to pinpoint the sources of your discomfort and develop a plan to manage your allergies and asthma to keep you healthy and comfortable all year round. Call Dr. Berlin’s offices at 856.262.9200 and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.
And have a Happy Halloween!