Christmas Allergies

Christmas is round the corner. And so do winter allergies. Winter allergies are commonly called,Christmas Allergies are the allergies that attack people during the holiday season, i.e. from Thanksgiving Day to the New Year’s Day. The symptoms of winter allergies include:

Eye irritation
Sinus congestion

A survey conducted by SiCap Industries, manufacturers of the “Sinus Buster”, world’s first hot pepper nasal spray, tried out to look into the winter allergies. The SiCap Industries sent questionnaires to its customers, randomly. About 1200 customers returned back the filled in questionnaires. It was found that 75% of surveyed respondents complained that the allergy attacks increased significantly during the holiday season.

Cause of winter allergies

Following are causes of “Christmas Allergies”:

    • Molds
    • Artificial scents
    • Foods
    • Scented candles and other artificially scented decorations
    • Pine scented aerosol sprays used to add aroma to artificial trees
    • Increased alcohol consumption during the holidays

People wrongly blame live Christmas trees for causing allergies; but it is not the Christmas tree that causes winter allergies. Rather the molds that grow and develop naturally on trees cause allergies. Even artificial trees that are stored in areas where mold can grow can cause allergies. In the same way, ornaments and other decorations that are packed away long before lead to winter allergies.

Remedies for winter allergies

Store decorations in dry temperature and controlled areas, and seal the cartons tightly for avoiding mold contamination.
Open cartons outside, in open spaces while unpacking. Before bringing them into the living area allow them to air out for 24 hours.
Take foods and drinks in moderation and avoid foods that cause allergies.

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