By Taylor Pasell, Allergychoices
Romantic comedies have set the bar high for Valentine’s Day, and they may have even shaped the holiday as we know it today. It seems like no one really knows the origin of the holiday — some think it’s celebrated due to a Roman festival, the death of a saint, or a celebration of spring — but today, we use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to celebrate love with heart shaped boxes of chocolate and elaborate, candlelit dinners.
During February, stores are filled with jewelry, candy, and flowers, and while it’s the picturesque vision of romance, it can also be a hazard for those with allergy. Some of the elements most commonly associated with Valentine’s Day also contain offending allergens that can cause trouble for those with allergy. Here are some of the most common allergy-containing elements of Valentine’s Day and some generally “safe” options for the Valentine in your life.
Allergy friendly option: Certain candies such as Skittles, Starburst, Life Savers, Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids are free of the top 8 allergens. And there’s always the fruit bouquet if you want to share sweets with a little bit of health consciousness.
Allergy friendly option: Tulips, roses, and daffodils seem to cause fewer symptoms for those with pollen allergy and are both lovely and easy to find at your local florist.
Allergy friendly option: If you’re determined to buy jewelry for your valentine, sterling silver, copper, platinum, and higher karat count gold typically don’t contain nickel.
Allergy friendly option: There’s no need to nix dinner all together. But, it’s best to let the person with the food allergy choose the restaurant or prepare the meal — they know their allergy best!
Check out our Pinterest page for many more allergy-friendly Valentine’s ideas.
Allergy treatment certainly isn’t a common Valentine’s Day gift (though it would be cool if it were!). But, consider allergy drops, or sublingual immunotherapy, for you or those you love can lessen reactions next Valentine’s Day. Allergy drops work to help build your body’s tolerance to the offending allergen.