Are you experiencing symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, itchy/watery eyes, etc? You may be experiencing due to indoor allergies this holiday season.
Trans Word News reports that fresh Christmas trees, poinsettias, and stored boxes can stir up potential allergy triggers like dust and mold.
Dr. Rajiv Sashay, Director of Laboratory Services with Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory recommends following these tips to help people suffering from allergies and asthma.
What to Do About Indoor Allergies This Holiday Season
Live, natural Christmas trees are a holiday tradition for many families, but they could also lead to indoor allergies this holiday season.
"Natural Christmas trees contain a lot of dust, mites, pollen and
other allergens that can aggravate nasal passages," Dr. Sahay recommends
an artificial tree to severe allergy sufferers.
"If you want to stay with tradition and buy a home-grown tree hose it down with the water, then let it dry outside before brining it inside removing many of the allergens on the tree," recommended
Dr. Sahay. "The water in the tree stand is stagnant allowing mold
and bacteria to grow. You may want to siphon out the old water and replace
it with new each week," comments Dr. Sahay.
"During the holidays, increase your normal housekeeping around the Christmas tree and make sure your vacuum cleaner has a true HEPA filter" recommends Dr. Sahay.
- Avoid Scented Candles and Oil: Dr. Sahay feels that the "fragrances can irritate the sinuses and respiratory system causing allergies and asthma to flair."
- Remove Interior Fresh Plants and Flowers: "Moist soil encourages the growth of mold propagules which can become airborne" Sahay indicated.
- Humidifiers: Keep humidity close to 50% as best possible.
"Last but not least store all decorations in large plastic bins keeping them dust-free during the off-season. Before brining in the bins back into the home for the new season wipe them down with a cleaning solution to remove the past years allergens," recommends Dr Sahay.
More Info? For more information on how to keep your home healthy this holiday season, check out our post about Candles and Indoor Air Quality.