Christmas Tree Allergy Tips and Tricks!
🎄Christmas Tree Allergy Tips and Tricks for a Healthy You this Holiday Season!
'Tis the season to be ... sneezy? Stuffy? Coughy? Watery-eyed? This holiday season, unfortunately not everyone will be quite as jolly as they might like to be - thanks to Christmas tree allergies. On behalf of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), HealthDay warns that the mold spore count in homes with Christmas trees is five times above normal levels. Christmas Tree Allergies can correlate with allergic rhinitis and an increased rate of asthma symptoms and asthma-related hospitalization. Consider the Christmas tree allergy tips below to help keep you and your loved ones decking the halls and fa-la-la-la-la'ing all season long.
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🎄Christmas Tree Allergy Tips: 💡
- Consider an artificial tree. Keep in mind that artificial trees, if not routinely properly cleaned, can become an unlikely home for dustmites.
- Clean your tree. Reduce the potential for Christmas tree allergy symptoms by shaking your tree, removing as much debris as possible before bringing the tree inside of your home.
- Wear a dust mask. Christmas tree allergy symptoms can be reduced by protecting your airway passages by wearing an N95 mask while transporting and setting up your Christmas tree. Wearing an N95 mask can be helpful when bringing dusty items out of storage.
- Use air filters. To reduce Christmas tree allergy symptoms, place HEPA filters in all the bedrooms, as well as in common areas, making sure to run them for a couple of days before setting up your tree.
- Minimize allergens elsewhere. Wash linens in hot water, mop hard floors, and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or double bags (so you don't expel more allergens into the air).
- Take the tree out the day after Christmas. Don't delay! Christmas tree allergy symptoms can be due to the accumulation of mold on your Christmas tree. Mold accumulates the longer your live tree stays inside your home.
- Consider a professional air duct cleaning. Removing mold spores from your HVAC system can be a key component to improving your home's air quality, and will prevent the Christmas tree mold from continuously being recirculated throughout your home.
More info? For more information on effective ways to improve your indoor air quality this holiday season, check out our post:Are Your Holiday Guests Allergic to Pets?