More than one third of American households put up Christmas trees during the holiday season. christmas-tree-syndrome-afc-urgent-care-west-hartford-ctShortly after, many begin seeing suspicious symptoms mimicking seasonal allergies. This often includes sneezing, a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. If you have any of these symptoms, don’t panic, you’re not allergic to Christmas.  You might, however,  have a nasty case of  Christmas Tree Syndrome.

What is Christmas Tree Syndrome?

Christmas Tree Syndrome  is an allergic reaction to your tree. It could be caused by many factors such as :

  • the smell of the tree
  • a congested sinus
  •  molds/ pine resin found on real trees
  • exhaustion
  • pine allergies

Christmas Tree Syndrome can be prevented by limiting exposure to the allergens found on the trees. This procedure differs for both artificial and real christmas trees.

For real trees,  it is important to keep hands and arms covered to prevent touching the sap. Before bringing the tree indoors, it should be shaken off and sprayed with water to remove mold. The tree stump should also be soaked in water to prevent future mold.

For artificial trees, make sure to keep it safely stored when not in use. When setting up the tree, it is important to wipe off any accumulated dust or dirt from the tree and ornaments.

If you’re not sure if you have Christmas Tree Syndrome or would like assistance, call us at 860.986.6440  or come on in, no appointment needed. We’re open 7 days a week and will be happy to help you.

Wishing you a happy holiday season!