In the late fall, temperatures drop below freezing. For those who struggle with outdoor mold allergies, this provides a welcome relief. December can bring its own respiratory problems including Christmas Tree Syndrome. Are you allergic to Christmas Trees?
Do you find that your allergies and asthma become worse with the holiday season? Conifers or evergreens are host to over 50 kinds of molds and mold spores which can trigger respiratory illness. Our well heated homes provide an ideal environment for molds and their spores to proliferate. Additionally, pine sap can be double trouble for allergy sufferers. Pine sap can trap all kinds of pollen from trees, grasses and weeds onto the conifers bark. These pollens enter your home with the Christmas tree. Perhaps most importantly, pine sap contains terpenes. Terpine gives the Christmas tree it’s scent and is a common trigger to allergic response.
How do you prevent Christmas Tree Syndrome? Consider spraying the tree outdoors with a mild solution of bleach to kill the molds. Than, hose it down to wash off the bleach solution along with some of the molds and pollen. Allow the tree to dry outdoors (preferably in a garage) with it’s base in water always. Limit the length of time the tree is in your home.
Artificial Christmas Trees can be used instead, but may also be problematic. Most artificial trees are made with PVC, which can off gas toxins into you home. Additionally, it is important to clean the artificial tree and its ornaments every year, as they too harbor molds and dust mites. Before assembling the artificial tree, wipe down its branches with a damp cloth to help control these allergens. When storing the tree, wrap it well and keep it in a dry place.
Consider purchasing a premium air cleaner. At The Air Cleaner Store, we sell the Austin Air HealthMate Plus. The HealthMate Plus has over 60 square feet of medical grade HEPA to remove pollen, dust mites, molds and pet dander from the air. Additionally, this air cleaner has a special carbon filter with over 15 pounds of specially blend activated charcoal to remove odors and VOC’s including terpenes from the air. The HealthMate Plus will help you fight allergies, asthma and Christmas Tree Syndrome.
For people suffering with allergies and asthma, consider acupuncture. Acupuncture strengthening both your respiratory and immune systems. Acupuncture can help reduce or eliminate the incidence of allergies and asthma.