Christmas Tree Blues
Posted by Jamie on Thursday, December 18, 2008
Everyday we receive e-mails with questions related to allergies, asthma, and our allergy relief products. Here is a question that we repeatedly are asked during the holiday season:

“I am considering getting a live Christmas tree, but I'm worried about my allergies. Is a Christmas tree safe for an allergy-friendly living room?”

During this time of year, many people begin to sniffle and to sneeze around Christmas trees. It can be so bad for allergy sufferers that they do not want to even decorate their living rooms. However, the tree generally is not the cause of these allergies. Instead, Christmas trees are prime areas for the accumulation of allergens like dust and mold spores.

Mold is a frequent culprit. Many Christmas trees are cut several months before December 25th. These trees usually are left outside in the winter rain. A wet tree left outside is an ideal breeding ground for mold spores.

Artificial trees have their own set of issues. Depending on how they are stored during the rest of the year, artificial trees will collect dust and mold. Dark garages, dusty attics, and damp basements are not good places for allergy sufferers or their Christmas trees. The porous surface of an artificial tree will bring all of these allergens into the home.

Here are two tips to dramatically reduce the allergens on either type of Christmas tree. If you use a live tree, shake it out thoroughly. Let the tree dry out for a few days before you bring it indoors. Secondly, if you are installing an artificial tree in the house, make sure to dust and clean it thoroughly with M-1 Sure Cote Mold and Mildew Resistant Sealant. When you store the artificial tree for the year, make sure that it is kept clean and dry.

Holiday decorating can cause all kinds of allergy flare-ups. Decorations stored in attics and basements can be covered in dust, mold spores, or dust mite allergens. Wash your hands thoroughly after unpacking them; and clean the decorations thoroughly before putting them up in your living space. Following these tips will help you breathe better and allow you to enjoy the holiday festivities.

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