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How to Avoid Holiday Allergens

You might think as fall allergy season wraps up and winter approaches, allergy sufferers are off the hook for a little while. Unfortunately, the holidays bring about an increase in allergic reactions and symptom flair ups for those with asthma. The culprit is one you may not think about when you think of allergies: your decorations.

“The holidays can present a variety of challenges for asthma and allergy patients,” says Dr. Cliff Bassett, an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). “Our environment changes in many ways during the holidays, from having new people in our homes to bringing in potential irritants like pine trees and dusty old holiday decorations.

So how do we help minimize allergen contamination in the home? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start planning your holidays:

Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President, Atlanta ENT

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