Will your holiday guests have allergies or asthma? Here are some tips for a happy, allergy-free holiday.
Your mother-in-law is coming to visit and she’s ALLERGIC TO YOUR CAT? Potential disaster on the horizon. Alleviate situation like this by following some simple tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
- Ask about food allergies before planning a menu. Remember that even trace amounts of an offending food can trigger an allergic reaction. Keep track of ingredients used and avoid cross-contamination by thoroughly washing utensils, cookware and food storage between uses.
- Dust and vacuum regularly in the weeks leading up to the gathering. This will help minimize dust mites, animal dander and other potential allergy triggers. Don’t forget to vacuum upholstered furniture and drapery.
- Replace furnace air filters so they can properly trap allergens.
- Clean guest rooms thoroughly the day before visitors arrive, including dusting, vacuuming and washing sheets and pillowcases in hot water.
- If visitors are sensitive to animals, keep all pets out of guests’ rooms. Do not allow cats or dogs to rub against guests or climb in their laps. If necessary, keep pets confined to another area of the house, such as the basement.
- Limit fragrant candles, plants and potpourris as many allergic people are sensitive to these odors. Apply perfume conservatively, as well.
- Don’t burn wood in the fireplace. Smoke and ash can provoke breathing difficulty or an asthma attack. Also, request guests smoke cigarettes outdoors.
They have further tips and allergy-free recipes on their Web site.
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