Top Christmas Allergy Advice

December 01, 2020 2 min read

Top Christmas Allergy Advice


Here is our allergy advise for Christmas.

Real Christmas Trees. Real Christmas trees (and wreaths) can harbour mould that rapidly increases in number once brought in to our warm, centrally heated homes.

If you do go for a real Christmas tree, we suggest hosing down your tree outside and letting it dry before displaying it inside. The use of an air purifier, such as the IQAir HealthPros or Blueair 480i, will also help to keep the spore count under control.

Artificial Christmas Trees.To avoid mould and pollen allergens you may want to opt for an artificial Christmas tree, but just remember that these are big dust traps if they have been stored away all year. Ask someone who is non-allergic to unpack the tree outdoors, then vacuum and damp dust thoroughly before displaying it inside. The Allersearch ADS Anti-Allergen Dust Spray is ideal to use on your artificial Christmas tree for neutralising allergens.

Decorations.If your Christmas decorations have been in storage for the last year they may also have collected quite a lot of dust. Unpack these outdoors, vacuum and dust thoroughly before taking them inside. If you are buying new decorations, look at buying metal, plastic or glass decorations that cannot trap dust mites.
After Christmas, ensure all decorations are dust free before storing them away and invest in plastic storage containers to help keep them dust free.

Candles.Candles are very popular during the Holiday Seasons, but a report from the American Chemical Society revealed that paraffin candles release significant amounts of particulate matter into the air, which will add to your burden of indoor air pollution. Try to purchase beeswax or soy candles instead. Also, avoid scented candles if someone has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, i.e. is allergic to perfumes and chemicals in general.

Log or Coal Fires.Roaring log or coal fires are a romantic, cosy option at this cold time of year. Unfortunately, the smokes from these traditional fires are loaded with particulate matter that can significantly aggravate your lungs.
Obviously, make sure that your fireplace is properly serviced – ideally every 12 months. If smoke pollution nevertheless comes into your home (which is often the case if one or more of your neighbours burns logs or coal) an air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro 250 is the best defence. It will capture and retain virtually all particle pollution.

Cold Weather.Wear a scarf in cold weather. By keeping the scarf over your mouth and nose you will be helping to warm the air before it enters your lungs. This can help to reduce the chance of experiencing an asthma attack.

Stress.Christmas can be a stressful time and stress can also be a trigger for asthma symptoms. If you start feeling overwhelmed, take some time to relax.


Have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy & Healthy New Year everyone!

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