Allergy

29 January 2009

Allergic to Christmas?

'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, but make sure you don't sniffle and sneeze your way through the holidays.

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'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry, but make sure you don't sniffle and sneeze your way through the holidays. Seasonal triggers, including that beautiful three-metre-high Christmas tree, can bring on allergies or allergy-like symptoms.

Take action: Have as much ventilation as possible in the rooms where you keep the tree, candles, incense or potpourri; if you put your tree in a container of water, change the water frequently; watch out for foods that may have "hidden" ingredients - wheat, eggs, milk, soy, fish or shellfish, legumes and nuts from trees, could pose a danger to guests who have allergies.

 

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Dr Morris is the Principal Allergist at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Allergy Clinics with postgraduate diplomas in Allergology, Dermatology, Paediatrics and Family Medicine dealing with both adult and childhood allergies.

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