Colorado Springs Pollen Report – October 31, 2013
This is the final report of the season. We will return in late February to early March. Have a great winter.
Trees – Low
Grass – None
Weeds – Low
Tip of the Day:
Allergy Tip of the Day: 5 Tips for Allergy-Friendly Holiday Parties:
Holiday season is approaching fast. Here are some things to consider.
- Communicate. Call well before the party to alert your host to your food sensitivities. Be specific about your food “triggers,” clearly explaining what you can (and can’t) eat.
- Embrace the potluck. Bring a favorite dish to the party. That way, there will definitely be something safe for you to eat.
- Eat beforehand. Don’t arrive hungry, when you may eat something “risky” that you’d never try on a full belly. Snack at home so you won’t be disappointed, famished and irritated if there’s not much you can eat at the party.
- Keep it simple. Stick to simple, whole foods – like plain fruit, vegetables and meats that haven’t been processed, coated or mixed. Avoid sauces, dips, marinated items, casseroles and desserts unless you know for sure what’s in them.
- Go first. If the party is buffet-style, be the first in line to avoid any potential cross-contamination (e.g., scattered ingredients, mixed-up serving spoons.) Or ask your host if you can prepare a plate before the buffet starts.
Also remember that strong scents can cause problems for allergy sufferers and asthmatics alike. If you are hosting, bake a tray of cookies. The smell will be subtle and satisfying thought the party.
Provided by Asthma and Allergy Associates, P.C. and ResearchCenter, Dr. Robert Nathan, Dr. Daniel Soteres, Dr. Luke Webb