Do you have seasonal allergies to your holiday decor?

With the arrival of December, most people with seasonal allergies will breathe a sigh of relief that their allergic triggers will disappear until the spring. However, as the holiday season approaches, many will experience seasonal allergies and they may be sparked by an unlikely source: holiday decor!

Shop for Cold and Allergy products with your FSA! Here are the most common allergic triggers found on common holiday decor:

Dust Mites

Dust mites are the most common form of allergy. They arise from house dust, and aremicroscopic organisms that feed off of human detritus, such as flakes of skin. Dust mites leave behind particles that can trigger allergic symptoms. They are most often found on upholstered surfaces, carpeting and mattresses. When unpacking holiday decor, consider wearing a dust mask to avoid inhaling dust mite particles, and dust off decorations.

Mold

Mold allergies are especially troublesome during the holiday months. Damp wreaths, boughs, and trees we bring inside this time of year are areas ripe for mold spores. Worse yet, the mold and mildew in decaying leaves only adds to the irritation, as we track them inside on shoes and clothes. Using a dehumidifier can help prevent growth of mold spores, whereas using an air purifier can remove spores from the air.

Poinsettias

These flowers are popular during December, but they can pose a major problem to those with a latex allergy. Sometimes people can develop a rash when coming into contact with poinsettias. Allergic symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath have come up for some people, as well.

Tree Allergens

Christmas trees are a prime source of mold spores. But, they also have a concentration of tree sap, pollen and other particulates that could trigger allergic symptoms. Before bringing it into the house, consider washing off the tree with a hose or using a leaf blower to reduce the total amount of allergens. This is also a good choice for artificial trees that can collect dust over a year.

Holiday Scents

Holiday scents from deodorizing sprays, candles and potpourri have the potential to aggravate allergies. Candles are among the top sources of indoor air pollution. Air fresheners can sometimes also spark an allergic reaction. It may be best to skip air fresheners, and go for all-natural air fresheners instead.

Allergies can be a year-round issue. Prepare during any season by shopping at FSAstore.com! We have the largest selection of FSA-eligible products!

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