Friday, 20 December 2013

5 Tips For Allergy-Friendly Christmas Decoration


Tis the season to be jolly, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! I am sure many of us are basking in the Christmas mood with Christmas shopping and decoration at home. If you have allergic rhinitis or a sensitive nose, you have to be a little more careful when doing up that Christmas decor at home so that you don't end up with A-cho-cho-cho A-cho-cho-cho! Here's some useful tips:

1) Use an artificial Christmas tree. Dust and pollen are possible triggers for your allergies in live trees. Some may also be allergic to the tree sap or fragrance from certain types of trees.

2) Never use scented candles. It could irritate your nose and cause respiratory problems. You can opt for 100% pure essential oil to create the scent or use unscented beeswax candle to create the atmosphere.

3) Keep an eye on mold growth especially if you have any fresh indoor plants or flowers (e.g Poinsettias) as moist soil are breeding ground for mold. Breathing in the mold spores could cause your nose to act up and irritate those with sensitive airways.

4) Wipe the Christmas decors with slightly damp cloth to remove dust. Wearing a mask while cleaning is advisable.

5) Store your Christmas decor items in zip lock bags. This will minimize dust from accumulating and triggering your sneeze the next time you use it.