Avoid Hal­loween makeup al­ler­gies and other re­ac­tions

The Covington News - - LOCAL -

What are the hor­rors of Hal­loween? Many might say en­coun­ter­ing a Hal­loween. How­ever, an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion can be just as scary as ghosts and gob­lins come Hal­loween.

The candy a child eats, the makeup kids use as part of their cos­tumes or even the cos­tume it­self can cause an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion. Par­ents and kids need to be care­ful and ex­er­cise their due dili­gence to avoid pos­si­ble al­ler­gens.

Makeup

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Al­lergy, Asthma and Im­munol­ogy, Hal­loween makeup can trig­ger an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion or symp­toms of asthma. In­ex­pen­sive makeup may con­tain preser­va­tives that can cause a rash and swelling of the skin. Formalde­hyde is a very common preser­va­tive used in many of th­ese prod­ucts, but some prod­ucts la­beled “formalde­hyde-free” can still cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tions. Cer­tain makeup is not ad­vis­able to use around the mouth or eyes, so be cer­tain to check all pack­ag­ing for any warn­ings. High-qual­ity theater makeup may be a bet­ter op­tion than the cheap crayon sticks sold at cos­tume stores. In any event, al­ways test makeup on a small area of the skin well in ad­vance of Hal­loween. If a rash or any ab­nor­mal­ity oc­curs, do not use the makeup.

Cos­tumes

Cos­tumes can in­duce an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion as well. If cos­tumes are older and packed away in a base­ment or at­tic, trapped dust and breathe. Ac­ces­sories used for many common Hal­loween cos­tumes also may cause re­ac­tions. Crowns, magic wands and faux jew­elry that uses met­als like nickel may cause rashes and ir­ri­ta­tion. Be­ware of nickel and cobalt, which can trig­ger al­ler­gic re­ac­tions.

Dec­o­ra­tions

Those who want to cre­ate a spooky en­vi­ron­ment at their Hal­loween par­ties should be ad­vised that fog ma­chines can trig­ger asthma at­tacks in some peo­ple. It’s best to check with party at­ten­dants be­fore

Edi­ble treats

Food al­ler­gies abound in chil­dren and adults. Many com­mer­cially pro­duced candy and choco­late bars are man­u­fac­tured in fac­to­ries that also process peanuts and other tree nuts, so ex­er­cise cau­tion with treats. Baked goods may con­tain wheat, gluten, eggs, soy, and any num­ber of other food al­ler­gens. It’s wise to have a va­ri­ety of ined­i­ble treats avail­able for trick-or-treaters or party-go­ers, in­clud­ing stick­ers, pen­cils and small toys.

Hal­loween should be an en­joy­able day for the young and the young at heart. This beloved hol­i­day can be made safer by avoid­ing common al­lergy trig­gers.

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