Halloween Asthma Triggers
Posted by Shifrah on Friday, October 23, 2009
Halloween is a scary time for asthma sufferers.
It's fairly obvious that parents with food allergic children must be vigilant during Halloween festivities. Treats must be carefully monitored so that anything containing nuts, dairy, or other allergy triggers may be removed before allergic children eat them.

But what's less apparent, as Medical News Today reports, is the possible dangers asthmatic children face during Halloween. Clifford W. Bassett, MD, Chair of the Public Education Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) says, "If your child suffers from asthma and/or allergies, be aware and prepared for potential triggers to ensure a safe and fun time for all during the holidays."

The AAAAI offers the following tips to keep children with asthma and allergies safe and out of emergency rooms during the holiday:
  • Beware of costumes. Mold, dust, and latex products can trigger asthma. Don't use costumes stored in the attic or basement, and be sure to wash new costumes before they're worn. Masks can trap dust and mold, so get a costume without one.
  • Don't enter homes. Keep your child on the doorstep of homes during trick-or-treating. This will keep them away from indoor asthma triggers such as cigarette smoke or pet dander.
  • Monitor weather changes. Both cold air and humidity can make breathing difficult for asthmatic individuals. Make sure your child is warm enough.
  • Keep sick children at home. Cold and flu symptoms can severely aggravate asthma conditions, so if your child isn't feeling well, have him or her rest and recover rather than make matters worse by going out and trick-or-treating.
  • Read labels carefully to avoid allergy-inducing foods before your child eats his or her treats. Homemade treats should be avoided entirely.
  • Always be prepared. Carry your child's Epi-pen in case of any food allergy emergencies, and make sure a rescue inhaler is carried along.

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