Christmas tree and other holiday allergies

Sales of antihistamines and boxes of tissues go up in winter but especially during the holidays. Here are some of the causes of the spike in allergies: Food – during winter holidays people eat out, with lots of seasonal and unusual foods, and parties where you may not know the ingredients of the foods you are consuming, ending with some unpleasant allergic reaction. Alcohol may affect judgment, and you may forget to check the ingredients to which you are allergic.

Mould – in a closed, heated room during cold days it floats invisibly in the air or may be present on wreaths and some evergreen plants which we bring inside our homes.

Dust mites – although present in our homes all year round especially in our mattresses, pillows, blankets, and quilts, their effect on allergies worsens with stuffy and damp air.

Christmas trees – it is usually mould and spores present on the tree which can trigger your allergies. Experts advise hosing the tree and wreaths before bringing them inside. Even an artificial tree or decorations can grow mould in a warm and damp environment or you could have an allergy to the material and paint of which these trees and decorations are made, not forgetting the dust they accumulate.

Pets – the same applies to pets as they might spend more time indoors during the festivities, thus pet allergies may worsen during the holiday season.

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