-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
MONDAY, Dec. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday decorations, both
old and new, can cause asthma attacks and allergic reactions, an
Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in
Maywood, Ill., warns that fresh Christmas trees, poinsettias and
boxes that have been stored for months can stir up potential
triggers like dust and mold.
"The dust from the boxes and on the decorations that have been packed away in dank basements or dusty attics is triggering reactions in my allergy and asthma patients," Leija said in a Loyola University Health System news release.
Leija offered the following tips to help people who suffer from
asthma or allergies avoid flare-ups:
"My husband and daughter are fine but fresh Christmas trees and fur from Santa's suit make my sons and I choke up and stop breathing," said allergy sufferer, Carol Leopold in a news release. "I still go all out for the holidays but with three artificial trees, silk poinsettias and lots of carefully scrutinized nut-free foods."
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