Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Celebrating Valentine's Day With A Partner Who Has Allergies


The smell of love is in the air and you start seeing advertisement for Valentine's Day gifts. Yes, Valentine's Day is just round the corner. If this is the first Valentine's Day with your special one, it is good to be aware of he/she suffers from any allergies and take extra care in selecting your gift or restaurant.


Gifts
Flowers are a big culprit. Do not send her flowers that she is allergic to, that will simply ruin her Valentine's Day with the sneezing and runny nose! Instead, a thoughtful idea may be to buy her some organic non-GMO vegetable, fruit or herb seeds to grow the seed of love :)

Some people are also very sensitive to stimulating smell. If you are aware of that, it is best to avoid giving perfume or cologne.

Some people, like myself, are allergic to nickel, which is common in jewellery. Nickel is a common cause of contact dermatitis. Wearing something that contains nickel can cause rashes, itchiness or swell.

If your other half is a practical person, you might want to consider getting something from allergystore.com to see if there are anything suitable for him/her. In my opinion, helping your partner in managing his/her allergies can be one of the greatest gift!


Food
If you are gifting food items, do check that the ingredients are suitable for your partner if he/she has food allergies such as nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy etc. For example, when buying chocolates, check if there are nuts ingredient inside.

Planning a nice romantic restaurant to impress your other half? While making your reservation, check if the restaurant serves food that your partner is not allergic to. If you are taking the effort to bake or cook a meal, you need to exercise vigilant as well. The last thing you want is having to send your partner to the hospital on Valentine's Day!

You may wish to check out this post on Tips for Eating Your Favorite Food If You Have Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS)


The Kiss 
People with severe food or medication allergies can suffer from allergic reaction if they kissed others who have allergens in their mouth. The ACAAI recommends avoiding the allergen food for 16-24 hours before kissing and to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth before doing so.

If this is your first Valentine's Day celebration with your partner, it is a good time for you to get to know his/her dietary restrictions or medical condition better. Your thoughtfulness will impress your other half :)

If you have celebrated Valentine's Day umpteen times with the same partner, congratulations! Continue to exercise vigilant with regards to your partner's allergies and sit back to enjoy the celebration.