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Four Tips to Help you Stay Calm and Ease Sniffling, Sneezing, & Wheezing this Holiday Season

Santa Monica, CA 

Holidays and stress go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. But what if you could reduce the overall stress that comes with the holidays? Maybe you could also cut down your allergy and asthma symptoms.

Studies show stress can cause a number of negative health effects, including causing more symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers,” says Dr. Bernard Geller, Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group.  “It makes sense that if you want to make your holidays more fun and less challenging you might focus on ways to bring peace and wellness to your household.”

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers four tips to help you stay calm and ease sniffling, sneezing and wheezing this holiday season.


    • Warm up with gentle exercises for about 15 minutes before you start more intense exercise.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or face mask when you exercise in cold weather.
    • Take medicine as recommended by your allergist to prevent and treat asthma symptoms.
    • Consider moving your exercise program indoors if the temperature is below freezing.





Life’s too short to struggle with allergies or asthma. Find answers with an allergist. Allergists are trained to diagnose and treat your symptoms, and to work with you to create an individual action plan.



Dora Afrahim, MPAP, PA-C

Allergy & Clinical Immunology Medical Group

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Dora Afrahim, PA-C Dora Afrahim is a board-certified Physician Assistant. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and then received her Master's degree from Keck School of Medicine USC. Her training includes general medicine as well as diagnosing and developing individualized treatment plans for patients who suffer from allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system. Dora is a Southern California native and was inspired to specialize in Allergy & Immunology by her desire to help improve her patient’s quality of life. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, traveling and volunteering.

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