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“Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la laaaa, la, cough, cough, sneeze!” Does that sound familiar? Another wonderful holiday season, decorating with your family, eating yummy food…all the while dealing with an inexplicable cough, or a runny nose. “Must be just a cold I picked up,” you think to yourself. “After all, it is that time of the year….” But what if it’s not a cold, or the flu? What if it’s something as simple as allergies?

Many people don’t realize it, but often times there’s a simple reason for an uptick in allergies during the holidays…your holiday decorations. Yep! Allergens from Christmas trees, poinsettias, dust, and mold can all contribute to a significant increase in nasal congestion and coughing, which is your body’s natural response to fighting off particles it perceives as a threat.

Do These Simple Steps to Reduce Allergies this Holiday Season

  • Keep decorations dust free during the off-season. For example, dragging the boxes of Christmas tree decorations out of the garage can bring a flurry of dust particles right into your home. So, a simple solution is to put the boxes into larger, plastic bins. Then, instead of bringing the bins into your home, remove the decorations while in your garage, and leave the dusty bins behind.
  • “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree”…here’s what Dr. Rajiv Sashay, Director of Laboratory Services with Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory, has to say about your evergreen…

    Going Natural: If you decide to get a natural Christmas tree this holiday season, follow these tips to keep allergens at bay.

  • Hose the tree down with water, then let it dry outside before bringing it inside. This will remove many of the allergens on the tree. Natural Christmas trees contain a lot of dust, pollen, and other allergens that can aggravate nasal passages.
  • Keep the water Fresh. Siphon out the water at the bottom of the tree once a week, and replenish it with a completely fresh batch. Stagnant water left until the end of the holidays provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and even mold.
  • If your Christmas tree does develop mold wash the areas around the tree with an antimicrobial cleaner, and wear a mask while you do it. If not contained, mold spores can easily spread throughout the house and compromise indoor air quality (IAQ) leaving you to fight off allergies long into the New Year!
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    If at any point you believe you may have mold in your home—whether it was brought in with a Christmas tree or at another time—contact AdvantaClean and let us help keep you and your family safe this holiday season!

    We are available 24/7/365 at 877-800-2382

    Going Artificial: If your allergies persist you may want to consider making the switch. Sure, an artificial tree may not look as grandiose, but it can significantly reduce the potential for allergies.

    Did You Know? Using Cinnamon to “Spice” Up Your Holiday Season not only makes your home smell festive, cinnamon can improve your IAQ by eliminating mold spores in the air!

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