Allergic to Valentine's Day? Flowers, Candies and Perfumes - Oh My! February 14 2017

A recent article on DFW's NBC 5 titled "Are you allergic to Valentine's Day" made so much sense - and the answer of course - is YES! There are a lot of allergens surrounding the holiday of love. Let's touch on the highlights:

Flowers: florals are the #1 gift of St. Valentine's Day - with significant others recognizing their partners with the beauty of the bud. Roses are typically highly fragrant, and also have thorns that can cause skin irritations when scratched with them. If you or your loved ones are sensitive to the most popular Valentine's flower - consider some alternative beauties like orchids, tulips or carnations - these are a bit less 'invasive' for allergen-sensitive folks.

Chocolates: Always be careful and know what you and your loved ones are allergic to when it comes to foods. A simple consultation and allergy test could save a life here - because chocolates made in a factory that produces peanut candies could be deadly to someone with a peanut allergy. Also, those who are lactose intolerant might find other candies less 'hurtful' to the gut this holiday.

Perfumes: Perfumes, colognes and bath and body salts and lotions are a highly popular gift on Valentine's Day as well - so be aware if a certain scent makes you sneeze, or if it causes irritation when applied directly to your skin.

Balloons: Those with latex allergies might be sensitive to the latex balloons.

Play it safe this Valentine's Day and get them a gift certificate to our Medical Spa, Park Cities Skin Care!