Now that the holiday season is upon us, I figured this post was appropriately timed. While the holidays are full of time with family and giving, they can present additional challenges for those of us living with asthma. Here are some tips I’ve learned from previous holiday seasons:
1. Skip the real Christmas tree.
They may be gorgeous, smell amazing and enhance your holiday spirits, but real trees are also full of allergens. The last thing you want during the holidays is to be dealing with a sinus infection or flare-up from your tree.
2. Plan for any holiday travels.
If you’re like me, hopping on a plane to go visit relatives this holiday season, make sure you’re prepared. This includes packing all your medications and bringing them along. If you’re flying, it helps to have documentation of your medications from your doctor to avoid any TSA hold ups. Find out the location of the nearest hospital. Asthma can be sneaky and the last thing you want is to be unprepared in event of an attack.
3. Skip the hugs and handshakes.
One thing I’ve done this year that has significantly cut down the amount of illness-related flares is that I have is to avoid hugs and handshakes. Cutting out hugs and handshakes beats getting bronchitis from Uncle Bobby because he shook your hand when he was sick.
4. Avoid Christmas candles and incense.
Look, I’m just as big a fan of Bath & Body Works as anyone else. However, the Christmas scents are notoriously strong and may trigger sensitive airways. Opt for a lighter scent that creates the coziness without the added asthma troubles.
5. Get your flu shot.
The flu and asthma? Definitely not a combo I’d recommend. Those of us with lung conditions are particularly susceptible to complications from the flu. With all of the holiday parties and get togethers in the middle of flu season, a flu vaccine can minimize your risk. Who wants to be stuck at home with the flu when you could be at a cookie exchange?
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