Guests with asthma, respiratory disease will enjoy the party if hosts plan wisely.
When hosting for the holiday season, be aware that one in six American suffer from either allergies or asthma.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology offers these tips for party throwers to help ensure their guests’ asthma and allergy symptoms don’t rear up:
- Ask guests about food allergies before planning your menu. Even trace amounts of an offending food can trigger a reaction. Know what is in each dish and avoid cross-contamination by thoroughly washing utensils, cookware and food storage containers between uses.
- Minimize dust mites, animal dander and other allergens by dusting and vacuuming regularly in the weeks before the event. Vacuum upholstered furniture and drapery as well as carpets.
- Clean or replace furnace air filters so they trap allergens better.
- If people are staying overnight, clean their rooms thoroughly the day they arrive, including washing sheets and pillowcases in hot water.
- Keep pets out of guests’ rooms and, if necessary, confined to another area of the house, such as the basement.
- Limit fragrant candles, plants and potpourris. Apply perfume conservatively.
- Don’t burn wood in the fireplace as smoke and ash can trigger asthma issues. Request guests who smoke to do so outdoors.