Halloween and Asthma
Keep Halloween free of asthma and allergy attacks by following these seven steps:
- Trick or Treat – Food allergy triggers can occur in many treats, such as chocolate filled with nuts. Your best bet? Consider taking your child to an allergist for allergy testing if they have asthma to find out what allergies they may have. For Halloween night, have some non-candy treats for your child such as stickers, pencils and small toys to swap for sweets they cannot eat.
- Costumes – Watch out for nickel in costume accessories, such as pirate swords, tiaras and magic wands. Nickel is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis, which can make skin itchy and spoil trick-or-treating fun.
- Haunted hand-me-downs – Halloween costumes packed away in a box for months can be filled with dust mites, which triggers asthma and allergies. Wash the hand-me-down costumes in hot water or consider visiting the store for a new costume to prevent wheezing and sneezing.
- Menacing makeup – Cheap Halloween makeup may include preservatives that can cause an allergic reactions. Instead, purchase theater makeup. Because it can take a few days for a rash, swelling or other reaction to appear, test the makeup on a small area of skin well in advance of Halloween.
- Frightening fog – If you’re considering renting a fog machine to make your house extra spooky, please think again. Fog can trigger asthma in some children when inhaled.
- Perilous pumpkins –Keep in mind that pumpkin patches are often moldy and dusty which are allergy and asthma triggers for some. Consider buying a pumpkin from a grocery or discount store.
- Cold chilly air- Cold air can be a trigger for some children with asthma. Talk to your physician to see if you should inhale your rescue medicine prior to going outside in the cold air.
Remember to bring your rescue inhaler along with your candy sack while trick or treating in case you have a flare-up so you can be safe and have fun!