Do you have Valentine’s Day covered this year? This holiday can be full of love; however, if you have a loved one with food, skin or environmental allergies, this sweet holiday can turn sour very quickly. It is essential to keep these allergies in mind when purchasing gifts, and have a thought-out prevention plan in place to allow for you and your loved one to have a fun-filled, yet safe Valentine’s Day. Here are some tips to keep your Valentine’s Day full of love, and clear of allergies:
1. Consider your sweetheart’s food allergies
People are familiar with the very common peanut food allergy, and know that those with peanut allergies can have severe allergic reactions to anything that nuts touch. However, the most common food allergens extend far beyond peanuts; they also include eggs, milk, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy. If you’re baking or cooking for your loved one, ask your sweetheart about his/her allergies before you prepare that special meal, and you can even double check that the ingredients are safe. If you’re dining out, call ahead to the restaurant to ensure food allergies can be accommodated by the kitchen. Also, read the ingredient label before you buy chocolate, cookies, candies or desserts. Learn more about the top food to avoid in order to minimize allergy symptoms.
2. See red with roes
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like red roses! But for those allergic to plant pollen, you may want to steer clear of flowers. Although roses and some other flowers produce very little or no pollen, you may want to air on the side of caution and opt for another allergy-friendly gift, such as a handwritten letter or card.
3. Sweet smells can lead to substantial sneeze attacks
Some people have an allergic response to strong fragrances, including perfume, cologne and other scented products, such as candles. A fragrance allergy or sensitivity can cause headaches, sneezing, watery eyes and runny noses. So, if your loved one doesn’t wear perfume, there might be a reason, and you might avoid that gift this year. Another thoughtful allergy-friendly gift idea would be tickets to a local museum or show!
4. Jewelry isn’t always safe, either
If you’re ready to get serious with your gift giving, and are opting for jewelry this year, you should make sure your loved one isn’t allergic to the metals contained in some jewelry, particularly nickel. Nickel is one of the most common skin allergies and is found in many metal products. Even some gold jewelry contains traces of nickel, so play it safe and always ask if the piece of jewelry is nickel-free.
5. Think twice before you toast
Beer, wine, champagne and liquor contain histamine, a chemical that your body releases during allergic reactions. Wine, champagne and beer also contain sulfites, another group of compounds that can cause allergy-like symptoms. So before you raise your glass, you might opt for water or tea, instead.
Whatever you choose to purchase or make to woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day, make sure the gift is safe and allergy-free. Although these measures can help your loved have an allergy-free Valentine’s Day, you and your loved one should be allergy tested to discover allergy triggers. If you’re ready to finally find a long-term solution for your allergies, make an appointment with Dr. Pasha today!