Coniferous wood contains allergens and many types of mould, which are very dangerous for people with allergies.
In light of the approaching Christmas and New Year’s festivities, British experts have cautioned the world about the dangers of living Christmas trees.
A lot of people suffer from allergies, which can be aggravated by plants, grass, and mould.
According to Airborne allergens expert, Max Wiseberg, A team of scientists from Upstate Medical University analyzed clippings from 28 different varieties of Christmas trees, including needles and bark, and discovered that they contained an incredible 53 different types of mould.
Additionally, Max stated that pollen from neighboring trees can become lodged in the bark of your Christmas tree.
“There can be allergens such as dust and mould present on synthetic trees too,” the expert further added.
“This combination of allergens can make Christmas tree decorating a real misery. But there are things you can do to help lessen your allergic reaction.”
These substances provoke a headache in a person.
Allergy sufferers who react sharply to the smells of plants and herbs, after contact with the tree, suffer from coughs, runny nose and ear pain.
If you’ve just set up your Christmas tree or plan to do so this week, Max said there are a few things you can do to avoid developing Christmas tree syndrome – or at the very least lessen the symptoms.
“Put your tree up as late as possible to help minimise the risk of exposure to mould,” he advised.
If you haven’t yet brought your tree home, Max advised to rinse it down before bringing it inside.
As a result, he continued, some of the mould and spores will be removed.
If you already have allergies and are prone to flare-ups, it may be best to have someone else to do that, he said.
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