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On the Sixth Day of Christmas……

On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love sent to me…. Six Geese a Laying!

Although goose-down pillows and comforters are fantastic, this gift from your true love may bring tears to your eyes.  Not tears of joy, but tears from allergic conjunctivitis.  Feather allergy from chickens, ducks or geese can lead to allergic rhinitis with clear, watery, runny nose and postnasal drip that can interfere with sleep.  Sneezing, sometimes repeatedly, is a common feature of an allergic reaction.  Itchy, watery, red eyes are typical symptoms from an airborne allergen.  I have even seen a patient who had allergy symptoms when he simply put on his down jacket.

Before you lose hope on not being able to have comfortable bedding, visit for allergy proof encasements (these go over the pillow, comforter, mattress, and/or box springs) so you can keep using that feather pillow, comforter, or mattress.  If you decide to forego the feather bedding, you can purchase hypo-allergenic pillows and bedding at .

Either way, “Six Geese a Laying” is fine Christmas gift.
This educational information does not take the place of your physician’s advice.


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