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Why Christmas Trees Can Ruin Your Christmas
Decorating the Christmas tree on December 1st should be a fun time, where we start to look forward to the forthcoming celebrations. But for those suffering with Christmas Tree Syndrome, this can trigger some decidedly un-festive reactions including sneezing, sniffling and general hayfever-like symptoms. Airborne allergies expert, Max Wiseberg has some useful suggestions to help your yuletide have more ‘comfort and joy’ and less of the ‘bleak mid winter’...
A team of scientists from Upstate Medical University analysed clippings from 28 Christmas trees including needles and bark, from a range of species, and found that they housed an unbelievable 53 different types of mould!  Plus pollen from other trees also gets lodged in the bark. And it’s these sneaky mould spores and pollen grains which are the culprit, providing the trigger for most people suffering with Christmas Tree Syndrome. But there’s no escape even if you’ve cheated with an artificial tree as these can harbour dust which may trigger dust allergy reactions.
So if mould, pollen and dust are not welcome at the party around your Christmas tree, try these simple suggestions from airborne allergies expert, Max Wiseberg...
• “Hose down your tree before taking it into the house, or after getting it out of storage, as this can help remove some of the mould and spores – though it’s probably best to get someone who isn’t allergic to do this!
• Take care when you’re decorating your tree, or get someone else to, as allergens will be disturbed as you move the tree into position and move the branches to hang the decorations and position the lights.
• Put your tree up as late as possible to help minimise the risk of exposure to mould.
• Use an air purifier to help clear the air of mould particles.
• Or you could try applying an allergen barrier balm such as HayMax around your nostrils to help stop the allergens getting up your nose. The HayMax organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm has been proven in independent studies to trap both indoor and outdoor airborne allergens from entering the body . If this keeps a sufferer below their trigger level, they will have no allergic reaction.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
 Identification of mold on seasonal indoor coniferous trees
Lawrence E. Kurlandsky, Josephine Przepiora, Scott W. Riddell, Deanna L. Kiska. Correspondence June 2011, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Vol. 106, Issue 6, Pages 543-544
The study found that pollen grains are collected in the tree bark, not from the parent tree, but from other plants, which can affect hayfever sufferers. When the tree is brought indoors, the tree resin dries, releasing more pollen into the air, causing potential allergic reactions. This condition is known as Christmas Tree Syndrome. The Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology has reported that live Christmas trees collect mould. Scientists examined clippings from home Christmas trees and found they contained highly allergenic mould spores.
 HayMax has undergone four independent trials and studies, which have proven its effectiveness. In 2009, independent research from The National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU) by Professor Jean Emberlin found that HayMax resulted in a “reduction to the amount of allergen entering the nose”[a]. Then in 2012, a further NPARU study concluded that HayMax trapped dust and pet allergens as well as pollen [b]. In July 2014, results of a survey by leading allergy charity, Allergy UK showed that almost eight out of ten respondents said that the balm helped some or all of their hayfever symptoms [c]. And in a further 2015 study by Allergy UK, 80% of respondents said that HayMax worked [d].
[a] Prof Jean Emberlin, Independent Research on HayMax Pollen Barrier Balm, The National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit (NPARU) University of Worcester WR2 6 AJ, July 20th 2009.
[b] Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.
[c] ‘Are you suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever)?’, Allergy UK, July 2014, supported and funded by HayMax™ July 2014.
[d] In a 2015 study by leading allergy charity Allergy UK, 80% said that HayMax worked. When asked “Overall, did HayMax work?”, 134 out of 166 respondents said “Yes”, in a 2015 Allergy UK survey - ‘The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK’, Allergy UK, June 2015, supported and funded by HayMax.
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