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Reports: Christmas Tree Syndrome Can Trigger Asthma Attacks

Reports: Christmas Tree Syndrome Can Trigger Asthma Attacks
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 21 December 2017 03:04 PM

Doctors have issued a health warning for "Christmas Tree Syndrome," a condition that can cause itchy noses, watery eyes, wheezing, coughing, chest pains, lethargy, and insomnia and can even lead to life-threatening pneumonia and asthma attacks, according to several reports.

"In my many years of private practice, I might see up to 10 kids on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, who needed to go to the emergency room because they were having an asthma attack," said Dr. Lawrence Kurlandsky, a pediatric allergist and pulmonologist who in 2011 authored a study on mold on seasonal indoor coniferous trees.

Kurlandsky's study revealed 53 different kinds of mold present on 26 samples, with most of the molds identified as allergens that could potentially trigger allergic reactions.

To reduce the risk, one Christmas tree farmer said to give the tree a good shake.

"What they're allergic to is the mold that settles on the tree during its growing time and arguably sometimes when it's waiting to be sold here on the lot," Jimmy Coan told CBS Philadelphia TV station.

Washing the tree and letting it dry before bringing it in is also another option.

"Be careful not to leave it outside for an extended period of time, because things will start growing on it again," Kurlandsky told She Knows.

Water in the tree stands can also grow mold.

"You might to be careful about getting someone else to add water to the tree because that stirs up the mold that's in that reservoir," allergy specialist Dr. Albert Gros told CBS Philadelphia.

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Doctors are warning about "Christmas Tree Syndrome" – itchy noses, watery eyes, wheezing, coughing, chest pains, lethargy, and insomnia and can even lead to life-threatening pneumonia and asthma attacks – according to reports.
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