The Daily Express newspaper have also picked up on Christmas Tree Syndrome, and recommended HayMaxTM Pollen Barrier Balm to trap the allergens.
The Daily Express warn that “If you get a bout of sniffles in the next couple of weeks, be aware it might not be a seasonal cold- it could be your Christmas tree that is to blame for your sneezes.”
The problem is dubbed ‘Christmas Tree Syndrome’ and was first documented by American allergy specialist Dr Lawrence Kurlandsky of the Upstate Medical University, part of the State University of New York. He noticed how respiritory illnesses surged in the festive season.
Clippings from 28 Christmas trees, of varying varieties, showed 53 different types of mould. 70% of these types can cause symptoms such as itchy nose, sneezing and watery eyes (amongst other symptoms).
The moulds occur naturally on the trees but thrive in the warm conditions of a well heated home. It is reported that after a Christmas tree has been on display for a fortnight, the number of airborne mould spores increases from 800 per 35 cubic feet to 5000.
Recommendations for minimising potential symptoms include:
- Hosing down artificial trees outside to get rid of dust before putting them up.
- Putting up real trees as late as possible and taking down before the 12th night.
- Apply a pollen barrier balm, like HayMaxTM around the nostrils to trap mould spores and allergens from entering the nose.
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