Christmas trees are a key piece of holiday decor in homes across the country. From fresh trees cut just before the holiday season to colorful fake trees, families enjoy decorating and preparing for the mark of the Christmas holiday. If you are an allergy sufferer, there is no doubt you’ve experienced, first hand, the allergic reaction Christmas trees can have upon your body. As this holiday season approaches, consider these important tips to your Christmas tree centerpiece.
Fake Christmas trees have become widely popular for families in the United States and many families have even decorated their Christmas trees in a variety of colors to match the overall theme of their home. For adults who struggle with allergic reactions to fresh Christmas trees, the use of fake Christmas trees seems a natural selection and is often not a matter of debate for most families. If, however, you want to enjoy the look and feel of a fresh Christmas tree, consider finding ways in which to manage your allergies and have a fresh Christmas tree in the home.
To avoid an allergic reaction while using a fresh Christmas tree, you will, obviously, want to limit your time around the Christmas tree to periods that are absolutely necessary. Try setting your fresh Christmas tree up in an area of your home where you do not frequently spend time but an area of the home where you will be able to see the tree as you walk by or when you glance from another area of the home. This type of area for your Christmas tree may include a formal living room or formal dining room – areas away from kitchen and bedrooms would be ideal.
In addition to strategic location of your Christmas tree, you will also want to consider how you will maintain the freshness of your tree. The more fresh you keep the tree, the more the allergic reaction may be a risk for you. So, if you really want a fresh Christmas tree this holiday season, consider purchasing the tree just before the holiday and try to find a tree that has aged slightly. The more mature the tree is, the less lightly it will release allergens into the air. While water is important to your tree, the water may be limited so as to avoid keeping the tree overly fresh.
Christmas lights are designed to provide a nice décor to your Christmas tree without catching the tree on fire. However, Christmas tree lights may warm up and cause the needles on the fresh Christmas tree to release some allergens into the air. For this reason, if you suffer from allergies, you may want to forego the use of Christmas tree lights and simply decorate your Christmas tree in a nice holiday theme using Christmas ornaments and other accessories.
Non-seasonal allergies can be challenging to control as often it is environmental allergens within our homes that cause an aggravation. For adults with allergies, using a fresh Christmas tree is often not an option but can be considered using these recommendations when shopping for your holiday décor this Christmas season.
Sources: Journal of Allergy Medicine 2002: 56; 567-569