Flowers, candy, perfume and candles may be common gifts for Valentine’s Day. But if you give them to your loved ones with asthma and allergies, you may give them something you didn’t plan on – triggers that cause symptoms.
Instead, give non-traditional asthma and allergy friendly gifts. Your sweetheart 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 gifts your loved one won’t forget.
Consider the following when giving gifts to your Valentine 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, love notes, gift cards, homemade “coupon” books, LED candles or photos. Plan a fun date night experience.
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. Cuddle with a blanket instead for a smoke-free night.
Give Jewelry and Personal Items That Won’t Irritate Their Skin
If your loved one has skin allergies, avoid 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 Valentine have a food allergy? If you are considering a food gift, talk to them first. Learn how to read labels. And many chocolates become contaminated with nuts during manufacturing.
Not all restaurants handle food allergies the same way. Since Valentine’s Day is a busy day for restaurants, there’s a higher chance of mix-ups in the kitchen. Try a creative food-free experience instead. Or make a romantic safe meal together at home.
Give Them a Healthier Home
Cleaning can expose your love to dust mites or mold. Improve their 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 spread love to others.