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Christmas trees 'making people ill'

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Christmas trees could be to blame for a range of health complaints over the festive season, according to new research.

Don't be too quick to judge those who feel under the weather over the festive period – rather than seasonal overindulgence, it could be their Christmas tree making them ill.

The traditional centrepiece decoration has been blamed for triggering a range of health complaints, from wheezing and coughing to lethargy and insomnia.

The condition – "Christmas Tree Syndrome" – is caused by mould growing on the trees, whose spores lead to problems when breathed in.

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I'm allergic to pine trees so I guess that spores would be a lot of my problems. I use a fake tree. It is just as pretty as a real one.

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Yeah, people should just use a fake one if they're having reactions to a real one. Saw this fake one the other day that was pre-lit with fiberoptic pine needles as the lights, was really cool.

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Of course even fake ones can cause tremendous allergy problems.

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Of course even fake ones can cause tremendous allergy problems.

I have seven fake trees and I solved the dust problem for the most part. When my husband brings them down from the attic they go outside and I spray them down with the water hose. Garlands get the same treatment.

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It might not always be mould on the trees that is bothering people, sometimes trees are sprayed with chemicals to stop them from shedding so easily ...... I bet that isn't so good if breathed in.

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Don't be too quick to judge those who feel under the weather over the festive period – rather than seasonal overindulgence, it could be their Christmas tree making them ill.

I know what gets me under the weather... it's the cooking the cleaning and fake smile on my face when I actually would have felt better not doing anything special

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