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Am I Allergic to My Christmas Tree?

Posted by Mark Bubak, M.D. on Dec 12, 2018 3:24:35 PM
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December is here with all of its beautiful decorations, holiday get-togethers with friends, and that seemingly annual plugged nose, cough, and yuck! You might be asking yourself, “why am I having to put up with these allergies instead of enjoying the season?”

Christmas Tree Allergy

Winter brings us inside and in close proximity with our indoor allergens, such as pets, dust mites, dust, and some indoor mold. Winter also brings cold and flu season, so there is no shortage of viruses that strike our noses, make our asthma flare up, or just make us say “yuck.”

But what about that beautiful natural Christmas tree all decorated with care? Isn’t that an issue? If your sinuses are suffering and keeping you from holiday cheer, you might be suspicious of the festive tree in your home. In reality, your Christmas tree probably isn’t the culprit. It pollenated last spring, so the allergy-inducing pollen is long gone. The bark and needles certainly could have some mold spores on them, but the amount wouldn’t be significantly more than what is already present on other surfaces in your home. The water in the stand could produce mold, but it isn’t a problem if you keep it fresh and clean up any spills.

So, no, your Christmas tree probably isn’t the issue. You might be suffering from viruses that make your allergies worse, passed on to you from your friends and family, in addition to their love. Pets can also make allergy symptoms worse, especially during winter when we are brought inside and in closer proximity to them. Just as you shouldn’t be discouraged from enjoying your Christmas tree, you shouldn’t be deterred from enjoying time with your friends, family, or pets.

The real answer is to get on top of your allergies, determine what their cause is, and have a game plan on how to deal with the expected complications of infections. CLICK HERE: for tips on how to start tackling your allergies on your own. Or CLICK HERE:  to determine if you should see an Allergist. Working with a Board-Certified Allergist can more effectively start you on the right course to conquering your allergies and enjoying the holiday!

 

Topics: allergies, Diagnosing Allergies