Is your Christmas tree making you sick?

Is Your Christmas Tree Making You Sick?


By Weather Channel staff

While it's the season to be jolly, it also could be a season for sneezing.

That's because your Christmas tree might be giving you an allergic reaction.

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Molds found in the needles and trunks of christmas trees can grow when brought into a warm home. The molds release spores that can cause allergic reactions and hay fever.

You could also have an allergic reaction from pollen that collects in a tree's bark.

An artificial tree is no solution, though. It might collect dust, especially if you store it in the attic.

So, what's the solution? You don't have to let the Grinch take your tree.

Experts suggest hosing your tree off before taking it inside and then using an air purifier.

Take a peek at our gift guide for Christmas tree ornaments:
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Is your Christmas tree making you sick?

Mooreland Ornament, Anthropologie

$20

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Instax 2015 Frame Ornament, Urban Outfitters

$8

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Chinese-Style Happy Buddha Ornaments - Set of 2, World Market

$11.98

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All in Nature, Say Aye Ornament Set, ModCloth

$34.99

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Set of 4 3" Floral Ornaments, One King's Lane

$25

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Mischievous Monkey Ornament, Uncommon Goods

$14

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Wire and Gem Snowflake Ornaments - Set of 2, World Market

$9.98

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Custom Map and Message Ornament, Uncommon Goods

$75

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Felt Mistletoe, West Elm

$12

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Mistle Mouse Ornament, Anthropologie

$12

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Hand Felted Angel Ornament, Uncommon Goods

$15

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Ballon Letter Ornament, Urban Outfitters

$8

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Bling Popsicle Ornament, Urban Outfitters

$8

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6" Gold Elephant Ornament, One King's Lane

$21

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Pineapple Ornament, Urban Outfitters

$12

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Eaten Gingerbread Man Ornament, Urban Outfitters

$12

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Budweiser Ornament, Urban Outfitters

$12

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Bird in Glass Cloche Ornament, World Market

$12.99

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Mini Knit Sweater Ornaments - Set of 3, World Market

$11.97

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Condiment to Be Ornament, ModCloth

$9.99

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Fabric Arctic Animal Ornaments - Set of 3, World Market

$17.97

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4" Saloff Jazz Ornament, One King's Lane

$15

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Felt Stag in Frame Ornaments - Set of 2, World Market

$15.98

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Opalline Ornament, Anthropologie

$10

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Assortment of 6 Sheep Ornaments, One King's Lane

$29

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