Asthma never takes a holiday break, not even over Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is about family, and that means it can be complicated. You may not be able to keep Aunt Bertha from talking politics, or Uncle Ned from falling asleep at the table, but you can do your best to keep your asthma under control.
After all, nothing ruins a good Thanksgiving dinner like a trip to the emergency room (unless you are looking for a quick escape).
Here are a few asthma and allergy triggers to watch out for this Thanksgiving.
- If you are going over to somebody's house, see if they have a pet. If it's the furry kind, watch out. Many dogs and cats produce dander and allergens, which can irritate your airways.
- Remember to take your medication! Thanksgiving may be a break in your routine, but don't forget to use your inhaler as prescribed. If you often forget to take your inhaler medication, the Hailie™ solution might be able to help.
- There could be anything inside that turkey! If you have any allergies or dietary restrictions, politely ask what recipe the cook is using. Traditional meals can be chock full of soy, wheat, dairy, and other common allergens. Bring your own food if you have to, but try not to insult your host. Just know that your health is more important, and your family will understand.
- Stay calm. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time, particularly if Aunt Bertha is talking about politics. Stress can be an asthma trigger, so remove yourself if you need to.
- Watch out for fragrant soaps and perfumes. Uncle Ned might like to wear his favorite cologne for the occasion, but strong smells can set off your asthma. That said, it may be preferable to Ned's natural musk. Either way, try and get a seat as far from him as possible.
With these tips in mind, you are on your way to a safe and healthy Thanksgiving. Don't forget that your health matters. If you have to leave the table or eat something different, your family will understand. Even Aunt Bertha.