Asthma and Halloween: Breathe Easy This Holiday

Asthma and Halloween: Breathe Easy This Holiday

Asthma and Halloween

Halloween is a holiday that is fun and exciting for everyone, young and old. Costumes, candy, and other spooky events make the holiday a night to remember. However, for those with severe allergies and asthma, Halloween and everything that comes with, it can be a scary time. But, if the proper precautions are taken, dealing with asthma and Halloween doesn’t seem as daunting.

Don’t let allergies or asthma put a damper on the holiday. Handling asthma and Halloween is manageable if you check out our list of ways you can keep your child healthy at Halloween.

• If you don’t already have an Asthma Action Plan, get one. Otherwise, make sure the plan is up to date. Give this plan to the school nurse and to anyone else who is overseeing your child. So if your child is going to be at someone else’s home for Halloween, make sure you give a copy to the host/parent in charge.

• This Halloween, make sure you don’t leave the house without a rescue inhaler. Having an inhaler always close by can mean the difference between life and death, as things can quickly spiral out of control. On Halloween, your child could come into contact with one of their triggers, so make sure you have one before you leave the house.

• Knowing your child’s triggers can help you minimize contact, thus lessening their chances of having an attack. For instance, if you know your child has a latex allergy, you should avoid wearing a costume mask. Plus, it’s important to be mindful of the forecast, the air quality index, allergen levels, and even the temperature since cold air can be a trigger.

• If you plan on reusing a Halloween costume that has been packed away and worn in the past, make sure you wash the garment before Halloween. When a costume has been packed away, mold, mildew, dust, and dust mites can accumulate on the garment. It is important to prevent exposure to allergens as much as possible, so wash all garments before wearing to help prevent exposure!

• While making the decision to ditch a costume mask is a good idea. Using the cheap Halloween makeup you see in drugstores and Halloween stores can cause breakouts, rashes, and allergic reactions. Instead of using cheap makeup that’s full of preservatives, spend the extra to buy better quality makeup. However, even with the higher quality makeup, make sure you test the makeup before Halloween on a small area of skin to ensure there are no signs of a reaction.

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