Happy Halloween? Not if allergies get in way

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(CBS) Think ghosts and goblins are scary? For kids with asthma and food allergies, a bigger fear on Halloween may be nut-filled candies.

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And nuts aren't the only thing that poses a threat to allergic kids on Halloween. How about gummy bears - and certain other candles? They can contain gelatin, which can trigger allergies in some kids, says the website of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Other allergy threats on Halloween include dust mites in costumes that have been spent time in storage, nickel in tiaras, wands, and other costume accessories, and "cheap Halloween makeup."

Some kids are allergic to latex, which is found in some balloons and rubber toys - another thing parents may want to consider.

"When people think of Halloween-associated allergies, they focus on candy and often overlook many other potential triggers," Dr. Myron Zitt, past president of the College, said in a written statement published on the organization's website.

Not scared yet? Click here to see other ways to wind up in the emergency room on Oct. 31.


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