Asthma Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Valentine's Day

From Drugs.com - February 14, 2018

Asthma Does not Have to Ruin Your Valentine's Day

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 -- Asthma and allergies can put on damper on your Valentine's Day romancing, an expert warns.

"Keeping everyone free of allergy and asthma flare-ups helps keep the focus on romance this Valentine's Day. Red or itchy eyes, runny noses, coughs and fatigue can ruin your celebration," Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release.

Chipps and his organization outlined a number of ways to avoid allergy/asthma problems on Valentine's Day, which is Wednesday.

If you are considering giving your sweetheart a gift of jewelry or clothing, you need to be aware of contact dermatitis, a skin reaction caused by an irritant or an allergen. Symptoms can include a rash, blisters, itching and burning. Potential triggers include nickel, which is found in some jewelry, and wool.

Snuggling in front of a fire may not be a good idea for someone with asthma because smoke is a common asthma trigger. That also includes secondhand smoke from cigarettes, the ACAAI said.

Chocolates are a common gift on Valentine's Day, but they often contain major allergens such as eggs, milk, tree nuts and peanuts. If your honey bunny has any food allergies, check the ingredients before offering chocolates or any other gift of food.


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