3 Hidden Christmas Asthma Triggers
In the old days, there were no asthma blogs. There were no online asthma communities. So, our doctors would help us out the best they could. But, the rest was up to us. Much of what we asthmatics learned of our diseases was by trial and error. A perfect example here is learning about the three hidden asthma triggers.
Three hidden triggers
Dust mites are ugly little creepy and crawly critters. They sort of look like spiders. But, you cannot see them. They feed off flakes of human skin. So, they are live on pretty much any surfaces formerly touched by human fingers.
A good place for them to grow is in boxes where Christmas decorations are stored. You store these boxes in places such as basements. During the summer months, it gets hot and humid. And, so, dust mites rapidly multiply. So, fast forward to the day after Thanksgiving. You move these boxes out of the basement. You open them up to see what’s inside. And, all along, you are unknowingly inhaling dust mites feces. If you’re allergic like I am, these might trigger asthma symptoms.
The solution: Christmas ornaments should be stored in air-tight plastic containers. If they aren’t, you might be better off having someone else take on this holiday chore.
Real Christmas trees
Christmas trees grow outside. They also get wet. Mold spores are easily aerosolized. Some spores land on Christmas trees. They love water. Mold pretty much grows anywhere there’s water. So, mold can easily grow on wet Christmas trees. Some mold may be visible. But, mold spores are not. Mold spores can get into the air. You move the tree any little bit, and they are easily aerosolized into your home. They can be inhaled. So, if you are allergic to them, they can easily trigger asthma.
The solution: Get a fake tree.
Fake Christmas trees
Yes, you heard me right. Fake Christmas trees are recommended if you have asthma. At least, they are my recommendation by me. But, even fake trees can trigger asthma. Why? Well, for the same reason decorations do. Yes, that’s right! Human hands touch fake trees.
Those pesky little dust mites love flakes of human skin. So, you store a fake tree and dust mites feast on flakes of skin. They multiply during the humid summer months. So, you open the box the following year. You start putting the tree together. And, as you do, dust mite feces are aerosolized. You inhale them. And, if you have dust mite allergies, they can trigger asthma symptoms.
The solution: Buy a new tree every year. Give your old tree to charity. Good Will or Salvation army will accept them. Or, better yet, have someone who doesn’t have asthma remove them from storage. Have that person put them up. Or, an even better option is to wash the tree. Near the end of summer, have someone remove the tree from storage. Take it outside. And wash all the parts with water from the hose. Doing this should remove most of the dust mites. Then you should be able to set it up with no problem.
What to make of this?
Like many asthmatics, I learned about these on my own. Unfortunately for the me of the past, it took many asthma experiences before I caught on. Thankfully, today we have access to asthma communities like ours. We can share our experiences and learn from each other. And that’s what I’m attempting to do here. Don’t let these hidden asthma triggers spoil your Christmas fun. Have a Merry Christmas!
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