Avoiding Christmas Tree Syndrome this year

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(NBC News) — The trend of buying real Christmas trees is still increasing amongst millennials. The National Christmas Tree Association said there was a 20% increase in real tree sales between 2017 and 2018 and only a 4% increase in artificial tree sales.

CNN reported that Christmas tree sellers are expecting another wave of new customers this holiday season after last year’s surge in sales.

However, many don’t know that they could be falling victim to the “Christmas Tree Syndrome.” This refers to how people are affected by the mold found on Christmas trees.

Researchers at the University of New York said that 70% of mold found on live trees can trigger severe asthma attacks, fatigue, and sinus congestion. That’s why local allergists are urging people to clean their live Christmas trees before bringing them into the house. (…)

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