Create Halloween Scares that are safe and fun for children with allergies and asthma

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL (September 28, 2022) – Do your kids like a good scare on Halloween? Do they also suffer from allergies or Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease characterized by recurrent breathing problems. People with asthma have acute episodes where the air passages in their lungs get narrower, and breathing becomes more difficult. Sometimes episodes of asthma are triggered by allergens, although infection, exercise, cold air and other factors are also important triggers.” rel=”tooltip”>asthma? It’s not the best idea to combine Halloween scares with it Allergies are inappropriate or exaggerated reactions of the immune system to substances that, in the majority of people, cause no symptoms. Symptoms of the allergic diseases may be caused by exposure of the skin to a chemical, of the respiratory system to particles of dust or pollen (or other substances), or of the stomach and intestines to a particular food.” rel=”tooltip”>allergy and asthma flares.

“Finding the right balance of fun and scary on Halloween for kids with allergies or asthma can be challenging,” says allergist Mark Corbett, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “Of course you want your kids to have a good time on Halloween. But you don’t want them to worry about being exposed to something that could cause their symptoms to flare up. Wheezing, itching or sneezing is no fun no matter the time of year.”

Below are five tips from ACAAI on how to bring pleasure while avoiding the symptoms:

  1. Candy is dandy unless – For many children, candy is what Halloween is all about. But many of the “fun” treats aren’t labeled for allergens, and if there isn’t a label, it isn’t safe (or fun) for your child with food allergies. Your kids should feel comfortable saying “no, thank you” to treats they know aren’t safe for them. Safe treats for your child can be delivered to the neighbors or at school. Make sure your child with food allergies carries both Epinephrine is a naturally occurring hormone, also called adrenaline. It is one of two chemicals (the other is norepinephrine) released by the adrenal gland. Epinephrine increases the speed and force of heart beats and thereby the work that can be done by the heart. It dilates the airways to improve breathing and narrows blood vessels in the skin and intestine so that an increased flow of blood reaches the muscles and allows them to cope with the demands of exercise. Epinephrine has been produced synthetically as a drug since 1900. It remains the drug of choice for treatment of anaphylaxis.” rel=”tooltip”>epinephrine auto-injectors in case of an accidental exposure along the trick or treat route. And plan to take all the treats home to check before indulging.
  2. Don’t let makeup be a scare – While makeup can certainly enhance a Halloween costume, it can also irritate some skin and cause an allergic reaction. If your child suffers from eczema or another allergic skin condition, consider using a high-quality hypoallergenic makeup instead. If your child plans to use makeup as part of their costume, make sure to test it on a small patch of skin beforehand to see if there’s any reaction. And if your child has a metal allergy, consider adding gloves to the costume to create a layer between the skin and the metal.
  3. Make it a smoke-free Halloween – Your child or teen with asthma knows that they should not smoke cigarettes and should not be around secondhand smoke, as smoking can trigger an asthma attack. Do they also know that they should avoid smoke machines, bonfires and fireworks for the same reason? If your child is attending a party where there will be a bonfire, let them know to sit upwind to avoid the smoke. They should also have their rescue inhaler with them in case they start wheezing or feel other asthma symptoms coming on.
  4. Scare about witches, ghosts and goblins – While kids love sweets, putting the emphasis on food can be fun (and creepy). Collect activities that don’t involve food, such as pumpkin carving, scary movies, ghost stories, haunted houses, and treasure hunts. Pinterest and other websites are full of great ideas to help you scare your kids while making sure they have fun. The Teal Pumpkin Project is pushing food allergy awareness by placing teal pumpkins in front of your home to let trick-or-treaters know you have safe, non-food treats. A teal pumpkin and non-food treats are a friendly way to help kids with food allergies get in on the trick-or-treating fun.
  5. Fall allergies may play a role in the scare – Halloween falls in the fall, so anyone who suffers from ragweed or other allergies should be prepared. Depending on where you live, Halloween can mean cold temperatures. A sudden change in the weather can trigger an asthma attack. Consider an extra layer under or over the costume for your little ones with asthma. Plus, dry, windy weather isn’t good for allergy sufferers because the wind spreads pollen and mold. Keep an eye on the pollen forecasts to see if there is an overabundance of pollen in the air. Consider taking allergy medication before going into the night.

If you think you or your child has allergies or asthma, make an appointment with an allergist for a proper test. An allergist can help you take control and live your best life. To find an allergist near you, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.

About ACAI
The ACAAI is a professional medical organization of more than 6,000 allergist-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose, administer and administer allergies and asthma Immunotherapy is a form of preventive and anti-inflammatory treatment of allergy to substances such as pollens, house dust mites, fungi, and stinging insect venom. Immunotherapy involves giving gradually increasing doses of the substance, or allergen, to which the person is allergic. The incremental increases of the allergen cause the immune system to become less sensitive to the substance, perhaps by causing production of a particular “blocking” antibody, which reduces the symptoms of allergy when the substance is encountered in the future.” rel=”tooltip”>immunotherapyand provide patients with the best treatment results. For more information and to find relief, visit AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org. Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Create Halloween Scares that are safe and fun for children with allergies and asthma

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