Christmas tree syndrome is the term used when someone has an allergic reaction to a Christmas tree, due to dust, pollen or mould. This is a condition that causes:
Real Christmas trees like cypress and the ever-popular pine can collect a high amount of pollen from other plants before they are cut down. This can trigger asthma and hay fever symptoms once you bring them home, especially if you put them up indoors.
Artificial trees can also cause asthma and allergy symptoms as they accumulate dust, dust mites and even mould in storage.
With a bit of preparation, you can limit your exposure to the asthma and allergy triggers hiding in your Christmas tree.
First Aid for Asthma chart tailored to combination inhalers
The new First Aid for Asthma chart is based on combination inhalers with Formoterol (Symbicort, Fostair, DuoResp, BiResp) and outlines how to use one of these inhalers if this is the person’s usual reliever. It is designed for patients using a combination preventer and reliever medication that uses formoterol as the reliever.
When you’re out celebrating during the festive season, make sure you have your medication with you and take it as advised by your doctor.
It is important to note that information contained in this brochure is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.