-- Robert Preidt
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Allergy and asthma
triggers lurk everywhere on Halloween, but some simple measures can
keep children safe, an expert says.
Potential problems range from ingredients in candy to dust and
chemicals in costumes, according to Dr. Stephen Apaliski, author of
a book called "Beating Asthma: Seven Simple Principles."
Here he outlines some possible Halloween allergy and asthma
triggers and how to avoid them:
Be aware that old costumes that have been stored for long
periods can be full of dust mites and other allergens. It's also a
good idea to check the labels on old and new costumes to find out
if they contain any chemicals that may cause an allergic
Unless there's a way to guarantee that the ingredients are safe,
tell your children to politely refuse any homemade treats people
give out on Halloween.
Buy better quality makeup to avoid preservatives that are often
used in cheaper types of makeup and can cause an allergic reaction.
Test makeup on a small area of skin before Halloween and check for
rashes or other skin reactions, Apaliski said.
Look out for real and manmade fog, which can trigger asthma
Avoid dusty, moldy pumpkins that could trigger an allergic
reaction. Buy pumpkins at a store and wash them before you carve
and decorate them.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers
Halloween health and safety tips.
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