The holiday season means family, food and festivities, but it can also bring about some unwelcome guests: allergies. Though known for colds and flu, December is sometimes associated with seasonal symptoms—uncontrollable sneezing fits, itchy watery eyes, sniffly runny noses—that seem to arise around Christmas trees or other greenery arrangements. You may have heard that “Christmas tree allergies” are to blame for these unexpected symptoms. Below, we’ll take a look at possible reasons for why some people experience respiratory symptoms around Christmas decorations and what you can do to breathe easier this holiday season.

 

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