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If you or a family member is one of the millions of people coping with food or environmental allergies, holiday gatherings with friends and family  can bring a variety of allergy related challenges.  Do not let your guard down if you are to  safely navigate the  season. In particular,  holiday parties can pose hidden risks. Typically, friends and family often bring a special dish to gatherings without regard to the allergic potential of its contents. Baked goods are noteworthy as they  may contain eggs, milk or hidden peanuts or tree nuts.  Most accidental ingestions of tree nuts occur outside the home after eating a baked good in this setting. If you have seafood allergy, be aware that some spreads or dips may contain crab, lobster, shrimp or other shellfish. Be sure to ask to your host or the chef about the ingredients. Be certain to bring your epinephrine auto-injector along with liquid Benadryl.  If you still have doubts or no one is certain of the ingredients, do not consume the food. Use your epinephrine autoinjector if you develop difficulty breathing, swallowing or speaking. If you  have discharged your injector, you should seek immediate medical attention by either calling 911 or moving to the nearest emergency department becuase of the severity of the allergic reaction.

Environmental allergies can spoil an otherwise pleasant gathering with friends and family. While you have control over you own home, your host’s home may not be allergy-friendly. Common problems include multiple cats and dogs as well as carpeting in the home. If you are staying overnight in you host’s home, be aware that the bed you are sleeping in may not have received the same dust mite allergy protection as your bed at home. Sometimes, the extra bedroom is  reserved for the pets.  Be certain you pre-medicate with your nasal steroid sprays at least two days in advance of your visit. Bring your rescue inhaler and start your controller at least two days before your visit as well if you do not take it every day. Also bring your anti-histamine eye drops and your favorite long acting anti-histamine.

Finally, many people complain of allergic reactions  to their Christmas tree. Consider however that pine tree pollen allergy is quite  rare, with less than 1% of people proven to be allergic  when tested. The tree however may be a reservoir for other tree pollens such as oak or maple which are common allergens. Pine oils evaporate easily and can irritate the nose, lungs and eyes of people with other allergies. Finally, mold and spores can grow on live and dead trees. To avoid controversy and allergies, purchase a synthetic tree.