Flowers, candy, perfume, and candles may be popular gifts for many occasions. But if you give them to someone you know with asthma and allergies, you may give them something you didn’t plan on – triggers that cause symptoms.
Instead, give non-traditional gifts to people who have asthma or allergies. They will appreciate your efforts. And you will help them avoid an allergic reaction or an asthma episode. Use this as a chance to give creative asthma and allergy friendly gifts they won’t forget.
Consider the following when giving gifts to people with asthma and allergies.
Choose Gifts Free of Pollen and Scents
Some items have strong scents that can irritate the airways of a person with asthma:
- Perfume and cologne
- Wax candles and potpourri
- Scented personal care products
- Some flowers
Give homemade cards, special notes, gift cards, homemade “coupon” books, LED candles, or photos. Plan a fun night out.
If you’re thinking about a cozy evening at home, don’t light the fireplace or fire pit. Smoke of any type can trigger asthma symptoms. Use a blanket instead for a smoke-free night.
Give Items That Won’t Irritate Their Skin
If you give to someone who has skin allergies, avoid gifts that contain nickel, such as nickel-plated jewelry. Also, be careful with personal care items like scented lotions and shower gels. These items can trigger symptoms for some people with skin allergies like atopic dermatitis (eczema).
Watch for Food Allergens in Meals and Candy
Does your gift recipient have a food allergy? If you are considering a food gift, talk to them first. Learn how to read labels. For example, many chocolates come in contact with common allergens like nuts and dairy during manufacturing.
Not all restaurants handle food allergies the same way. Restaurants can be busier on holidays and weekends, so there’s a higher chance of mix-ups in the kitchen. Try a creative food-free experience instead. Or make a safe meal together at home.
Give Them a Healthier Home
Cleaning can expose people to dust mites or mold. Improve someone’s indoor air quality by cleaning for them. Focus on places where allergens and asthma triggers like to hide the most. These are bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. And don’t forget the bathrooms where mold loves to grow. You could even give a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® product. They are scientifically tested to make sure they create a healthier home.
Honor Them by Helping Others
Managing asthma and allergies can have a great impact on a person’s well-being and quality of life. Give a donation in their honor to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Your donation can help educate, advocate for and support people with asthma and allergies. Supporting people also facing these conditions is a great way to show you care.