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    Christmas Tree/Coughing
    MarianneMarianne posted:
    While I was taking down the tree, I started coughing and the coughing got worse as the chore went on. It was so bad I thought I was going to crack a rib. When I finally got the tree out of the house it subsided instantly; but now I have a tightness in my chest. What did that tree do to me?
    Aqua14 responded:
    Live Christmas trees grow a lot of mold. People can be sensitive to mold spores even if they aren't allergic. Probably you inhaled the mold spores and your lungs responded by coughing. The chest tightness is probably due to bronchoconstriction (tightening of the breathing tubes). If you have asthma, the chest tightness would be relieved by a puff or two of your fast-acting (albuterol) inhaler.

    This is why many people with allergies to mold and related asthma opt for artificial trees. As long as an artificial tree is stored in a bag (so that it doesn't collect dust), it's a lot better than a live tree.

    Before I was diagnosed with allergies and asthma I was always puzzled why I would get sick around Christmas. After I was diagnosed as allergic to mold (with related asthma) and we got an artificial tree, I'm no longer sick.

    Hope these thoughts help you out. Take care & good luck. Judy
    It's never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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