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Holiday’s Could Trigger Asthma and Allergy Symptom’s But Simple Precautions Can Save the Season

"Don't let allergies ruin the joy of Christmas by depriving you or your family from a beautiful Christmas tree," said Jami Warner, Executive Director of the American Christmas Tree Association.

Allergy experts are warning the 40 million American’s who suffer from allergies to take precautions to avoid some common holiday-related irritants.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, you can prevent some of the symptoms before they start.

Dr. Richard Weber, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offered the following holiday-related advice:

“Be selective with holiday décor. Watch out for hidden allergens that in lurk in decorations. Last year’s decorations may be dusty—as in full of allergy-triggering dust-mites—if you didn’t store them in airtight containers.

“Some people are allergic to terpene found in the sap of Christmas trees, or are bothered by the mold that lurks on the trees,” Dr. Weber added. “Consider artificial trees, wreaths and garlands.”

He also cautioned to watch out for poinsettias, which are problematic for people with latex allergies since the plant is part of the rubber tree family.

Jami Warner, Executive Director of the American Christmas Tree Association, added that both live and artificial trees could be possible allergy culprits.

If your holiday includes a live Christmas tree and you are concerned about allergies, wipe the trunk thoroughly with a solution of lukewarm water and diluted bleach, (one part bleach to 20 parts water), to eliminate any mold. Before bringing the tree inside, use a leaf blower in a well-ventilated area away from the house or garage to remove visible pollen grains, Warner said.

In addition, some of the materials used to manufacture artificial Christmas trees could cause sinus irritation for those who are especially sensitive.

Taking precautions can help make the holidays bright and sniffle-free for everyone.


About the American Christmas Tree Association:
The American Christmas Tree Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most current and factual data to help consumers make well-educated decisions about Christmas trees. For more information, please visit the American Christmas Tree Association

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