Dr. Bassett Discusses Seasonal Allergies with Dr. SteveWhile many people report added stress during the holidays, doctors say the season can also uncover hidden allergies that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Dana Conte is allergic to almost everything, including Christmas trees.

“My family has a tendency of getting live, real trees and I am in charge of decorations. So last year and I was not thinking, normally I usually put gloves on…didn’t think anything of wear the gloves because it was late at night. Wake up and from my forearm, my elbow straight down to the tips of my fingers was one big red blotch,” Conte said.

Seasonal triggers are often red flags. That’s why Bassett says this is another good time of the year to get checked for allergies.

“Studies indicate about one out of four people think they have a food allergy,” Bassett said. “The incidence of food allergy is a lot lower and the reason is because people may have a food intolerance such as lactose intolerance or other conditions, acid reflux that can cause irritation or problems and sometimes it can be easily confused with a food allergy.”

To determine whether or not you have a food allergy, Bassett says it’s still best to get tested. If you need it, you can always have an action plan in place for what to avoid or how to treat allergic reactions. That way you can spend less time in the doctor’s office, and more time celebrating the holidays.