You plan in advance, your surroundings are always clean, your decorating decisions are smart, the food and beverages you serve and the gifts and activities you share make everyone feel terrific. Your hospitality combines healthy habits with strategic efforts to avoid allergens, prevent triggers and reduce the burden on your immune system. Congratulations, it works! Your guests benefit as well as you and your family. Let’s see if we can enhance your results with some timely tips.
Whether your allergies are seasonal or perennial, or you have an allergic skin condition such as Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria, you are used to anticipating the unexpected. Your experience has prepared you to take fast, appropriate action. Even your first aid kit is probably up to snuff for the holidays. Why not use inviting people over as a chance to ask if they have any allergies or health issues you should know about, and tell them what you expect from them, for example what not to wear or bring? Here’s a practical tip if they forget: Use place cards at the table so you can quickly change the seating to accommodate guests sensitive to irritants or other indoor allergens.
‘Tis the season for houseguests and kids’ sleepovers. That makes it a good time to get mattresses cleaned using a powerful yet portable device that extracts dust mites and other allergens in a chemical-free, dry method, which should be done every six months. Also, no matter how great a job you’ve done to prevent or clean mould, dead mould may still cause allergic reactions. Both Environment Canada and the US Environmental Protection Agency say that it is not enough to simply kill the mould, it must also be removed. If it occurs to you that you might need a cleaning professional, make the call! By the way, menorahs, artificial trees, ornaments and all other holiday decorations can get dusty or damp and grow mould, so clean them as often as you vacuum... at least once a week.
The holidays are also a good time to think outside the box, especially when it comes to gifts. For example, if you have a child with allergies, tell friends and families that plush toys aren’t welcome. They can be magnets for dust mites. Here’s something easier to swallow: Did you know that warm fluids like chicken soup and probiotics found in yoghurt may help nasal allergy symptoms? Pamper yourself and your loved ones. Aside from deserving it for all your hard work, it keeps stress down, which as you know also benefits people with allergies. All you should be itching for is however you plan to enjoy life next!
Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!