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Christmas Could Be Making You Sneeze
Do you constantly sneeze, cough or have a runny nose during the holidays? It might not be the common cold -- you could be allergic to your Christmas tree.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says some trees may be home to microscopic mold spores that trigger asthma or allergies, causing symptoms like sneezing or an itchy nose.
But artificial Christmas trees can also trigger allergic reactions, especially if they have been improperly stored and are carrying significant amounts of dust. Also materials used to manufacture artificial Christmas trees could cause sinus irritation for those who are especially sensitive.
The best thing to do is rinse off your artificial tree if it’s been stuck in the basement.
If you must have the real thing, experts say let the tree dry in a garage or enclosed porch for a week and give it a good shake prior to bringing it inside.
By Angel Covarrubias