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Halloween Health Hazards

October 30, 2013

Costume Cautions:

  • Using cat’s eye or red contact lenses?

Make sure you treat these contact lenses just like prescription lenses. If you normally wear glasses/contacts, visit your optometrist to ensure the proper prescription. If you are not in the habit of wearing contact lenses, it is recommended that you visit an optometrist to ascertain a pair of lenses that fit well, as well as a proper comprehension of how to care for the lenses and your eyes. A follow-up visit is also recommended.

Using one-size-fits-all lenses can lead to eye disorders and infections, so either eliminate the crazy eye colors from your costume, or take proper precautions.

Careful with the Contacts!

Careful with the Contacts!

  • New makeup?

Be wary of possible allergens! Before putting your makeup on on October 31st, test a small amount of the makeup on your skin first.

Make sure you're not allergic to crazy makeup before you use it!

Make sure you’re not allergic to crazy makeup before you use it!

Trick or Treaters (or anyone who is going to be walking in the dark):

  • Make sure drivers can see you!

A lot of costumes are very dark, which makes it more likely that drivers have difficulty seeing you (especially if it becomes rainy/snowy outside). Try to wear at least one stand-out, brightly colored (neon, if possible) item. Or, if you cannot make that work, place reflective tape on your jacket.

Wear brightly colored costumes or use reflector tape - getting run over is not fun.

Wear brightly colored costumes or use reflector tape – getting run over is not fun.

  • Your costume should fit like a glove.

This caution does not necessarily mean the costume needs to be tight, just that it should fit properly. Costumes that are too large can lead to tripping.

Avoid tripping as much as possible by wearing a costume that properly fits.

Avoid tripping as much as possible by wearing a costume that properly fits.

  • Avoid masks

At least while walking. Masks often obscure your vision, so if you’re trick-or-treating, try to wear make-up (testing it first to avoid possible allergic reactions). If you really must wear a mask to a house party, carry the mask by hand or in a bag, and only put it on when you get to the party. Also, if you can, avoid buying overly large masks.

Masks can obscure your vision.

Masks can obscure your vision.

Time for candy!

  • Check the candy for allergens

Even if a particular type of candy does not usually contain a specific allergen you need to look out for, it might be manufactured near a candy that does, creating the danger that it will contain this allergen, as well. Check the packaging carefully to make sure your chocolate craving is not going to result in an allergy attack.

Sure, you can keep the Epi-Pen around, in case. But wouldn't it be nice not to have to use it?

Sure, you can keep the Epi-Pen around, in case. But wouldn’t it be nice not to have to use it?

  • Avoid bingeing.

Before going out for Halloween festivities, make sure to eat a meal to avoid more snacking than you want. After Halloween, try to ration out any candy or other goodies.

Pizza is one of the most popular Halloween meals - though you're free to make & eat something more healthy!

Pizza is one of the most popular Halloween meals – though you’re free to make & eat something more healthy!

  • Care for your teeth.

You know to brush and floss, but if it has been awhile since you visited the dentist, you might want to schedule a cleaning!

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Do you have any more Halloween health tips and tricks? If so, please let us know in the comments!

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