Allergy Awareness Week: Allergies to Pet Dander and Pollen
Allergy Awareness Week (24th – 30th April) is run by Allergy UK, who organise a series of awareness weeks throughout the year. The aim of Allergy Awareness Week is to highlight the issues faced by those with allergies.
We spoke to The ID Band Company customer Allie, 32, to find out how she manages her allergies, and why she thinks it’s important to raise awareness. She suffers from two of the most common allergies, which have caused her to have severe allergic reactions.
“I think it’s good to raise awareness about allergies, and how they affect people’s day to day lives. It’s also important to know how we can help each other.
“Since I’ve developed my allergies, my friends and family have started making a conscious effort to minimise risks when I visit.”
Dealing with allergies over Christmas
Christmas is nearly here! Although most people will be looking forward to mince pies, log fires and a glass of fizz, allergies can make it more difficult to enjoy. Here are some helpful tips on how to manage you or your child’s allergies, so that you can stuck into Christmas with everyone else.
Christmas Tree Syndrome
Although the name sounds comical, Christmas Tree Syndrome is a real illness that can really put a downer on your Christmas celebrations. It’s a respiratory condition caused by mould spores that thrive in the damp conditions evergreen trees grow in. Once brought inside, a warm house and central heating give the perfect environment for these spores to multiply.
During the festive season, people are more likely to keep doors and windows closed and have large groups of people in the house. This, coupled with small children and pets brushing against the tree, can spread spores to other rooms. Even wreaths or live foliage can produce a similar effect.
Reactions to the spores vary but can include coughing, wheezing, sore itchy eyes, a runny nose and laboured breezing. To minimise the amount of spores you come into contact with, always wash down your tree before bringing it inside. It can help to leave bringing in the tree until the last minute too – having it inside your house for over two weeks creates the perfect breeding ground and can give you the strongest reaction. If you chose an artificial tree, wash it down before using and again before packing it away for next year. Read more