Pat Gilreath noticed that her family always wound up getting sick during December, and never really thought anything besides that. One year she noticed that once the Christmas tree was out of the house after the holidays, the family started feeling better.
It’s called Christmas Tree Syndrome.
Her husband would suffer from worsened asthma, her daughters would always get colds, and then finally, she herself would feel a cold beginning to start. The “Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology” have reported that respiratory problems are highest around Christmas time. It usually takes a couple weeks to kick in, but after trees go up in homes, the problems start. Just like any tree, Christmas trees contain pollen, the tree sap/resin, and in some cases, there’s mold. Her doctor confirmed that the family, all 4 of them, do indeed suffer from an allergy to their Christmas tree.
Ways to avoid the problems if you find yourself suffering can be found here.