'Tis The Season To Sneeze, Sniffle And Itch - Allergists Can Help Holiday Allergy Sufferers

December 11, 1998

Though spring and summer are considered peak allergy seasons, thousands of Americans suffer from indoor allergies during the winter months, especially around the holidays. A common culprit is a substance called terpene found in the oil or sap of Christmas trees, and evergreen wreaths and garlands. Dust mite allergy is very common, and many people suffer allergic reactions when they take their holiday decorations out of the attic or basement where they've collected several months worth of dust.

Then there are food allergies. Eggs, nuts and mint -- ingredients found in many holiday treats including eggnog, cookies and candy -- also are common food allergens, and allergic reactions to them are common this time of year.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has several tips for holiday allergy sufferers:

More information on vaccination is available in a new brochure created by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology entitled You Can Have a Life Without Allergies. It is available on the ACAAI Web site http://allergy.mcg.edu or by calling 800-842-7777.
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