There's nothing better during the holiday season than putting up a real Christmas tree in your home.

It just adds an extra level of holiday cheer, especially when you walk in the door after a long day of work and are hit by the delightfully overwhelming smell of fir and pine greet you when you walk in.

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Sometimes though, your real Christmas Tree can cause some real health concerns.

Christmas Tree Syndrome Is Real And Can Be A Serious Problem.

This is the first year I've heard of Christmas Tree Syndrome, and at first, I thought it was made up.

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Photo by Sandra Seitamaa on Unsplash

However, if you put up a tree in your home and all of a sudden are suffering from a runny nose, a cough, sneezing, itchy skin, or your asthma is acting up, then you may be suffering from Christmas Tree Syndrome.

According to USA Today, you'll know you have Christmas Tree Syndrome when you feel like your seasonal allergies all of a sudden started acting up.

Even if you don't typically suffer from seasonal allergies Christmas Tree Syndrome could affect you, according to USA Today.

How To Cure Christmas Tree Syndrome

You can cure Christmas Tree Syndrome, the same way you'd try and cure any seasonal allergy.

You use an antihistamine like Zyrtec or Claritin, in addition showering a little more frequently may help wash off some of the allergens from your skin.

Christmas Tree With Ornaments
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Can You Prevent Christmas Tree Syndrome In The First Place?

USA Today reports there are some steps you can take when you get a tree this year.

For example, you can wash your tree off outside to get rid of any irritants the tree may have.

Photo by Sapan Patel on Unsplash
Photo by Sapan Patel on Unsplash

If you use an artificial tree, be sure to store it in an airtight container after the holidays to prevent any mold from growing.

And you can run an air purifier near your tree to help eliminate irritants from spreading.

Humorous Signs Return to New Jersey Highways

Humorous and sometimes snarky safety messages made their return to New Jersey highways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti told Fox Philadelphia they've dialed back the snark in this year's messages to keep the Federal Highway Administration satisfied that they are not distracting.

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