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Excited For New Year’s Eve? If You Have Food Allergies, Proceed with Caution If You’re Aiming for an Unexpected Kiss

Living with allergies, particularly food allergies, can be complicated, but with some advanced preparation and tips, you can enjoy a cheerful New Year’s celebration and kick the new year off right.

Here are some of our tips for your New Year’s Eve party:

Be careful when you kiss.
Ringing in the new year with a kiss is perhaps the best known New Year’s Eve tradition. But did you know it could have some nasty consequences for someone with food allergies? Unfortunately, there have been recent stories of people with food allergies having serious anaphylactic reactions after kissing someone with trace amounts of an allergen on their lips. So, before you pucker up, make sure the person you’re going to kiss hasn’t eaten anything that could give you an allergic reaction, such as peanuts or tree nuts. It’s important to know your allergy and communicate with your partner.

Talk to your host beforehand.
The best line of defense for any person with allergies is to know what situation you’ll be walking into. If you’re not hosting the big New Year’s bash this year you’ll want to get in touch with your host ASAP. Talk with the host about your allergies and get the need-to-know details about the event location and the menu. If you contact your host with enough advanced notice they will likely be able to get some recommendations for allergy-friendly dishes and take extra precautions when preparing food. You can also offer to bring along your own allergy-safe food, snacks, or drinks to the party. For example, if you have a gluten intolerance you may want to bring your own gluten-free beer. (Here are some of our favorites.)

Also, if you have cat or dog allergies and the party will be taking place in the host’s home, you can ask about pets in advance and set a reminder on your phone to take an antihistamine before you head to the party.

Make an action plan.
Don’t wait until the big night to think about your allergies. Take some time during the days leading up to New Year’s Eve to put together an action plan to deal with the worst-case scenario. Make sure to bring along the essential items you might need during an emergency, such as an EpiPen or your inhaler. You should also educate at least one other guest at the party on how to administer your medication if you are unable to do so yourself and be sure they know to call 911 after administering emergency medication. Remember, it’s better to have a plan in place and not need it versus not having a plan and regretting it. 

Watch for the signs of an alcohol intolerance.
Most people enjoy a few drinks on New Year’s Eve. Have you ever experienced flushed skin, nasal congestion, or hives after consuming an alcoholic drink? Or, have you ever experienced sickness after just one or two drinks? If so, you might have an alcohol intolerance. Most allergic reactions to alcohol are due to other ingredients (such as preservatives, grains, or yeast), not the alcohol itself. The most common symptoms of an alcohol intolerance include hives, redness, headache, nausea, runny nose, nasal congestion, vomiting, and the worsening of a pre-existing asthma condition. If you think you might have an alcohol intolerance, make an appointment with an allergist and skip the booze on New Year’s Eve.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

A new year can mean a fresh start for managing your allergies and improving your overall health. It can be a wonderful time of year, but New Year’s Eve can also be stressful for those trying to manage allergies. These tips can help you start the year off right.

If you have any questions about managing your allergies in the new year, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help! Feel free to give us a call at 212-729-1283 or email us at info@hudsonallergy.com.