Easter can be a fun time of eggs, candy and flowers, but it can also be dangerous for people who suffer with allergies. There are so many opportunities for danger if that bunny leaves something more than yummy treats. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides advice year-round to help allergy sufferers cope with the potential allergy triggers that can hide in innocent packaging.
Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, allergy treatment specialist, recommends following these tips below to help keep Easter safe for people who suffer from allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities.
- Safe Egg Decorating: Kids With Food Allergies has some great egg decorating ideas so your kids won’t have to miss out on all the fun. Instead of using real eggs they suggest painting wooden, plastic, Styrofoam, ceramic or other types of non-allergy inducing eggs. Be sure to look at their ideas for safe Easter baskets and Easter activities, along with some yummy recipes.
- Watch Out for Flowers and Pollen: The Easter lily is a beautiful flower, but it can also be an allergy trigger. In addition, this is the time when spring pollen starts appearing in various types of tree pollen, causing additional sneezing and wheezing.
- Traveling Concerns: People like to visit each other around holidays. Make sure you take any allergy medications along in case they have a dog, cat, or even a bunny that might induce an allergic reaction. Ask what ingredients went into any baked good items, or take safe treats along for your child.
- Easter Candy: It’s hard to resist a brightly-decorated basket of tempting treats. Make sure you inspect all candies for nuts, milk, wheat, eggs or other triggers that can affect your child. About.com has a listing of Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy that is made in dedicated facilities. You can also consider a basket filled with plastic eggs that contain small toys, stickers, Legos, or other items your child will enjoy. Throw in some crayons and a rubber ducky, top it off with a brightly colored stuffed animal, and the basket will be a real treat.
Ask Riviera Allergy Medical Center about other safe practices you can follow, and learn about actions to take in case of an allergic reaction. We can show you how to recognize an allergic reaction and anaphylaxis. Dr. Ziegner can advise you on whether antihistamines or an epinephrine injector are appropriate for your allergic reactions, and will offer sound suggestions on how to manage and possibly even prevent them.
Dr. Ziegner and the entire staff at Riviera Allergy Medical Center want to wish you and your family a safe and allergy-free Easter!
Dr. Z and Staff
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Moms can be sensitive about a lot of things, and we all try very hard not to aggravate them. When it comes to Mother’s Day, it can be hard celebrating with a mom who has allergies.
We want to show how much we care, but still want to make it a special day. Riviera Allergy Medical Center (RAMC) provides advice year-round to help allergy sufferers cope with everyday triggers, but there are a few special precautions our allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner, recommends to help make sure moms who suffer from allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities have a memorable and fun day with their families:
- Recipes: Cybele Pascal provides some yummy-sounding recipes you can use to make special treats for mom. Recipes for Zucchini Pizza Appetizers, Meat Cake, and Easy Cauliflower Crust Pizza are a great start for your Mother’s Day brunch or dinner. The Nut-Free Mom also has a tasty recipe for Nut-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake.
- Flowers: Flowers are always a beautiful gift, but be careful if you’ve got a mom with allergies, stick to orchids. Orchids are the only non allergenic flower.
- Chocolate: Even a mom with food sensitivities can love a gift of chocolate, but be careful. Make sure there are no peanuts or peanut oils in any chocolate you buy. Premium Chocolatiers offers a variety of products that contain no nuts, no dairy, no gluten, and no eggs. Check out their special box of Mom’s Truffles.
If you, or a loved one, have symptoms of a cold more than four times per year you may be surprised to find out that this is actually not a result of your need to exercise more, or a low immune system, but rather a curable environmental allergy trigger. Riviera Allergy Medical Center can help you find a way to restore regularity to your breathing, and get a deeper night’s rest by examining the various environmental allergy triggers (pollens, grass, trees, inhalants, dogs, cats, mold, dust), as well as seasonal and food allergy triggers.
Breathe easier and live better with advanced solutions for allergy and asthma. Dr. Ziegner and the entire staff at Riviera Allergy Medical Center wish all mothers and mothers to be a happy and allergy-free Mother’s Day!
About RAMC – Riviera Allergy Medical Center offers comprehensive treatment for the most common food allergies, skin allergy medicine, and asthma prevention. Located at 1711 Via El Prado, Suite 101 in Redondo Beach, the allergy and asthma center is headed by renowned seasonal allergy treatment specialist, Dr. Ulrike Ziegner. Visit the website and Facebook page or call 310-792-9050 for more information or to schedule an appointment for allergy treatment.