Christmas Tree Making You Sick? Here’s What to Do

More than one-third of American households will put up a Christmas tree during the holiday season. Shortly there- after, many may begin experiencing suspicious symptoms mimicking seasonal allergies. This can include sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. If you have any of these symptoms, don’t panic, you’re not allergic to Christmas, although it may feel as though you are.  You might, however, be allergic to your Christmas tree. Enter Christmas Tree Syndrome.

Can Christmas Tree Syndrome Be Prevented?

The good news is that the effects of Christmas tree syndrome can be prevented by limiting exposure to the allergens found on the trees. Here are some tips for minimizing allergens on your tree so that you can enjoy the holiday season!

Live Trees:

  • keep hands and arms covered to prevent touching the sap.
  • Prior to putting it up, shake and wash the tree with water to remove any mold.
  • The tree stump should also be soaked in water to prevent future mold.
  • If you have allergies but can’t resist having a live tree, keep it in the house for no more than a week.

Artificial Trees:

Yep, you could also, though not as often, be allergic to an artificial tree. Here are some tips:

  • Be sure to store your artificial tree properly during the off season – wrap the tree securely, store in a cool and dry place and avoid storing in places that accumulate dust, dirt or mold.
  • Wipe or vacuum down the tree before putting it up in your home.
  • Wipe down any ornaments before decorating the tree.
  • Go easy on the spray snow to frost your windows —, or the “fresh pine smell”.  Any aerosol chemical can cause irritant reactions in the eyes, nose or lungs as well.

Symptoms of Christmas Tree Syndrome

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy Nose
  • Watery Eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Problems Sleeping

What Causes Christmas Tree Syndrome?

Christmas Tree Syndrome is an allergic reaction to your Christmas Tree. Researchers at the State University of New York found that 70 percent of the molds found on live Christmas trees can cause severe asthma attacks, fatigue, sinus congestion and more. Now you might be thinking that can’t be because I have an artificial tree, however, both live and artificial trees can cause Christmas Tree Syndrome.  See above.

Christmas Tree Syndrome can be prevented by limiting exposure to the allergens found on the trees. This procedure differs for both artificial and real Christmas trees.

Contact Us Today!

If you’re Christmas season is off to a miserable start because of your Christmas tree, there are options besides going directly from Thanksgiving to New Years.

Call us at 860-986-6440  or come  in, no appointment needed. We are located at 1030 Boulevard, West Hartford, CT. We’re open 7 days a week and will be happy to help you! You can save time by checking in online and we accept most insurances!



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