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Can a Christmas tree trigger an allergy attack?

A Christmas tree can trigger an allergy attack in people who are allergic to the particular pollens in the tree. Christmas trees can contain large amounts of pollen from the local area where they are grown.

Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, MD
Allergist & Immunologist

Both live and artificial Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths can trigger allergy symptoms. Chemicals sprayed on Christmas trees designed to preserve the life of a tree may irritate those with allergies, sinus problems or asthma. Mold spores frequently become a problem within days of bringing a live tree into a home, especially if you have indoor allergies.

Many ask if it's better to have a live fresh tree or an artificial one. The answer all depends. In either case, if you store your ornaments from year to year then make sure they are properly covered during the "off season" to prevent accumulated dust, molds and other irritants/allergens that can spike a host of symptoms in sensitive individuals.

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