Winter is here, the holidays are making their presence, and the chance of snow is high. If you constantly find yourself catching a cold during the winter holidays, it's possible that you have an allergy to Christmas trees. More precisely, your allergy might be related to something associated with Christmas trees rather than the tree itself.
Christmas tree syndrome is a real thing and AFC Urgent Care Springfield has created a guide for you. This guide will help you further understand what christmas tree syndrome is and help you take care of it…so you don’t hate your christmas tree.
What are the symptoms of Christmas Tree Syndrome?
- Itchy Nose
- Watery Eyes
- Sleep Problems
- Dark Circles Under the Eyes
What Triggers Christmas Tree Syndrome?
Christmas Tree Syndrome manifests as an allergic response to your holiday tree. Contrary to the misconception that it exclusively affects live trees, both live and artificial ones can contribute to this syndrome, with a higher prevalence in natural trees. Various elements, including the tree's aroma, resin, or naturally occurring molds, can prompt symptoms. A study from the State University of New York discovered that 70% of molds on live Christmas trees can lead to severe issues like asthma attacks, fatigue, and sinus congestion.
How to Prevent Christmas Tree Syndrome
For Live Trees:
- Use gloves and long sleeves when bringing the tree indoors to avoid sap contact.
- Wear a mask, especially if you have asthma or are sensitive to dust and pollen.
- Prior to bringing it inside, shake or blow the tree with a leaf blower and spray it with water to remove pollen and mold.
- Allow the tree stump to dry in a bucket of water outside for a few days to prevent mold growth.
- Families with significant allergies should consider refraining from setting up live trees. If opting for one, limit its display to no more than a week.
For Artificial Trees:
- Properly store your artificial tree during the off-season: wrap it securely, store it in a cool, dry place, and avoid dusty environments.
- Wipe down the tree before setting it up in your home.
- Clean ornaments before decorating the tree.
- Exercise caution with spray snow, as aerosol chemicals can cause eye, nose, or lung irritations.
- Promptly remove the Christmas tree after the holidays to mitigate the risk of mold spores and other allergens.
AFC Urgent Care Springfield is here to keep your holidays jolly!
If you suspect Christmas Tree Syndrome, visit AFC Urgent Care Springfield! We can help determine whether your tree is the source or if there's a more serious underlying cause for your symptoms, such as a cold or the flu. We are open seven days a week and accept most insurances. We also accept walk-ins or you can schedule an appointment at any time, feel free to call us too. Be sure to check out our easy to use online payment system! With just a few click you'll be able to check in and check out! Happy Holidays and Stay Healthy!