The holidays are right around the corner and more and more people are starting to shop for their christmas gifts and holiday decorations. You do not want to be sneezing during the holidays or have allergy symptoms either. Some products during the holidays can trigger allergy symptoms. I personally will be putting up my christmas tree early this year. While looking for an artificial tree, it was interesting to find that they sell pine scent sprays to spray inside your home. I have been very cautious while buying products that could affect the indoor air inside my home. Other interesting news I found was that both fake and real christmas can trigger asthma attacks. Real trees can carry allergens like pollen and mold that trigger asthma attacks. An interesting study that was tested by Dr. Lawrence Kurlandsky of SUNY’s Upstate Medical University analyzed the needles and bark of 28 Christmas trees for the presence of mold and found 53 species on 70% of the trees. If one is allergic or sensitive to mold, the same symptoms of someone being sensitive to mold.
Those symptoms range from eye, nasal and throat irritation, headaches and fatigue. It is also recommended to keep a real christmas tree inside your home for a couple of days if allergy symptoms become worse. While you do your shopping keep in mind of the gifts you buy. Wendy our Online Community Manager, blogged more about this topic in today’s blog post at our sister company’s blog. You can read more about it here. Other news that came out while I was researching about this topic are the ornaments that are hanged on the tree. Any dust accumulated through out the year on christmas decorations should be dusted off outside. As we know, most indoor environments are plagued by indoor air pollutants such as chemicals and volatile organic compounds( VOCs), gases, odors, bacteria, viruses, mold, particles and dust.All this holiday decorations can also be found in the workplace. It is great to know what are some products and materials that could trigger allergy symptoms to rise during the holidays. If you ever have a question regarding indoor air problems in your home or your workplace, contact us and we may be of assistance. Join our Facebook Community Page and join the conversation via Twitter.