CINCINNATI -- It's supposed to be filled with candy and costumes, but for some trick-or-treaters, Halloween can bring unwanted health scares.
Every year, doctors say children end up in a doctors office or emergency room because of Halloween hazards.
Allergy and asthma doctor Talal Nsouli says every year children with allergic reactions are rushed to the emergency room or doctors office, and the triggers of potentially deadly allergic reactions are the very items that put the fun in Halloween -- like the costumes.
"If you are allergic to nickel, we can start having some sensitivities, some eczema, some contact dermatitis, redness of the skin," said Nsouli.
Nickel is mostly found in costume accessories, like cowboy hats, plastic swords and tiaras. Doctors are also saying masks should never be tight-fitting or impair breathing.
Face paint can have the same effect. It's recommended to always use hypoallergenic makeup or face paint.
If your child has food allergies, inspect every treat and its ingredients.
And beware, the fog machine at the haunted house could cause sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, and the excitement of seeing those ghouls and goblins could bring on an asthma attack.
Nsouli says there are ways to prepare and prevent -- like pre-medicating. Use your inhaler about 20 minutes before trick or treating, or take an anti-histamine as directed.
He also recommends having children eat dinner first so they won't eat their candy before it's inspected.
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