A Christmas tree allergy can cause wheezing, sneezing, coughing and a sore throat. It can also lead to serious asthma attacks.
Real Christmas trees like cypress and pine can collect high amounts of pollen from other plants before they are cut down, which can trigger asthma and hay fever symptoms once you bring them home.
Artificial trees can also cause problems if they gather dust, dust mites, or even mould in storage.
You can limit the asthma and allergy triggers hiding in your Christmas tree with our handy hints.
Limit triggers in your live tree:
- Hose down your live tree before you bring it into the house. This will help to wash off the pollens
- Move your tree outside if you notice increased asthma or allergy symptoms
Limit triggers in your artificial tree:
- Give your artificial tree a good shake outdoors before you put it up inside
- Unpack your tree and decorations outside if you can and vacuum them as you get them out of the box
- Wipe down your artificial tree, wreaths, garlands and ornaments with a damp cloth to remove the dust
- When you pack your tree and decorations away, use airtight plastic bags and sealed boxes so they collect less dust
If your symptoms start:
- Follow the written asthma action plan you developed with your doctor
- If you don’t have an action plan, take 4 separate puffs of a blue/grey reliever
- If the symptoms aren’t going away or are getting worse, follow the steps in First Aid for Asthma
- Remember to take your medication with you and use it as advised by your doctor when you’re out and about during the festive season.
Information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a doctor.