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    Mayo Clinic Minute: Avoid holiday allergy issues

a woman sitting by a Christmas tree with a cold or allergy, sneezing into a tissueFor a person with allergies, the holiday season creates challenges. Trees, fireplaces and even a plate of Christmas cookies can lead to problems.

“It can be particularly trying for somebody who has allergies,” says Mayo Clinic allergic diseases specialist Dr. Rohit Divekar. “A person who is allergic needs to be an advocate for himself, because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”

You can make it easier for a person with allergies by being aware of some common holiday allergy triggers. Dr. Divekar explains in this Mayo Clinic Minute reported by Jeff Olsen.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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