Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show the people in your life how much you really care. If you’re lucky enough to receive gifts on this special day or are planning a fun activity, there are some things you’ll want to keep an eye out for especially if you suffer from breathing related ailments such as asthma!
Believe it or not, the iconic gift of Valentine’s Day fresh flowers may not be the ideal gift for someone suffering from asthma. Some flowers can cause allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. However, you can always inquire with your florist to see if they offer asthma-friendly bouquets or ask for low pollen and low fragrance flowers!
Another great option would be a pollen-free potted plant such as orchids, miniature roses, and even herbs such as parsley or thyme. Be cautious not to overwater potted plants as this can lead to mold, a common asthma trigger.
Another classic Valentine’s Day gift is perfume, cologne, or other body products meant to give you a pleasant aroma, however, these gifts can often worsen asthma and allergy symptoms. Luckily there are a plethora of unscented gifts out there as a replacement such as unscented soaps, bath salts, lotions, and candles.
If you suffer from asthma, it’s probably no surprise that cigarette and cigar smoke can easily trigger your more serious symptoms. That being said, did you know smoke caused by fireplaces and bonfires can also be an asthma trigger?
Do your best to avoid restaurants and other locations with a burning fireplace or smoking section. If you simply can not avoid it, try to sit as far from these locations as you are able.
Traveling or Staying at a Hotel?
If you plan to stay the night somewhere other than your current residence, do your best to select allergy or asthma-friendly options. Some hotels offer rooms that actually minimize allergens.
Try to avoid properties that allow smoking or select a non-smoking floor or room. If you currently use any mattress or pillow covering to minimize allergens, be sure to bring them with you!
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