Christmas Tree Allergies: What You Should Know - McGovern Allergy And Asthma Clinic

Christmas tree allergies can pose a problem for those who enjoy having a real Christmas tree in their home. These allergies can be avoided by substituting a real tree for an artificial one or taking steps to reduce the potential for an allergy flare-up. Learn more about some actions you can take this Christmas to enjoy your tree.

Christmas Tree Allergy Causes

In addition to pollen left on the tree, an allergy flare-up from your tree is often caused by mold spores left after its been cut. Once you bring the tree home, the moisture build-up on the tree is emitted into mold spores into the dryer space of your home. The mold will only continue to multiply as the tree begins to decay throughout the month. Chemical treatments used on the trees at the farms and dust mites can also contribute to allergy flare-ups.

Reducing Christmas Tree Allergies 

If you decide to purchase a real Christmas tree, there are some steps you can take to reduce the potential for an allergic reaction. Before bringing the tree home, see if the tree farm has a mechanical shaker to remove some dying needles, dust, and mold. Once you take the tree home, wash the tree with a hose outside and allow it to fully dry before bringing it indoors. If you own one, dry the tree with a leaf blower and to remove any additional allergens. Another tip to help purify and clean the air in the room is investing in an air purifier and placing it near the Christmas tree.

Winter Allergy Relief with McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic

If you need allergy relief during the winter season, pay a visit to the board-certified allergists at McGovern Allergy & Asthma Clinic. Their team can provide a full examination, perform testing to identify allergy triggers, and work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Call 713-661-1444 to schedule an appointment or click the link to request one online.