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Feasting Safely During The Holiday Season And Beyond.

Feasting Safely: Here are some tips for managing food allergies and asthma during the holiday season and beyond:

1. Communication is Key: Always inform your hosts about your or your family member’s allergies and asthma triggers well in advance. 2. Be Prepared: Carry your emergency medications, such as antihistamines, asthma inhalers, and (2) epinephrine auto-injectors, with you at all times. 3. Read Labels: If you’re buying pre-packaged food, read labels carefully to check for potential allergens. 4. Safe Cooking: When preparing food, use separate utensils and cutting boards to prevent cross-contamination.

5. Serve Allergen-Free Options: Offer to bring a dish you know is safe for you or your family member to share. 6. Educate Others: Use the opportunity to educate friends and family about food allergies

and asthma. Awareness can prevent accidental exposure. 7. Plan Ahead When Traveling: If you’re traveling, research restaurants and supermarkets in advance that cater to dietary restrictions. 8. Non-Food Celebrations: Focus holiday traditions on activities rather than food, like playing games or decorating.

9. Know Your Triggers: Be aware of non-food triggers that may affect asthma, like cold air, scents, or wood smoke. 10. Holiday Decorations: Be mindful of decorations that can collect dust or mold, which are potential asthma triggers. 11. Stress Management: Stress can exacerbate asthma and allergies. Practice relaxation techniques and plan ahead to minimize holiday stress. 12. Advocacy: Support local and national allergy and asthma organizations and participate in awareness events and activities.

By being vigilant and proactive, you can help ensure a safer and more enjoyable holiday season for those with food allergies and asthma.

From the Elijah-Alavi Foundation, We Wish You All A Safe, Healthy, & Happy One. #foodallergies #foodallergy #asthma #holiday

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