February 14 is supposed to be the day we celebrate love. It's not supposed to be the day we celebrate antihistamines.
But we all know Valentine's Day rarely goes the way we want it to, and that's especially true for people with allergies. According to New York-based allergist and immunologist Clifford Bassett, MD, he sees an uptick in allergy-related incidents during and after the day of love every single year.
"On Valentine's Day we get a lot of people coming in with scent allergies, food allergies, respiratory allergies," he says.
Why? Just take a second to think about classic Valentine's Day gifts: perfume, chocolate, flowers... yep, it's allergy central.
But having an allergy doesn't mean you have to forego the festivities. Dr. Bassett has some tips for making sure your (or your partner's) allergies don't get in the way of the romance this weekend: