Trees at root of festive malady
Published 18/12/2011 | 05:00
IT IS a new excuse for those who feel under the weather at Christmas -- not overindulgence, but Christmas Tree Syndrome.
Scientists say the traditional fir or spruce, left in a warm house, releases mould spores which can trigger symptoms such as watery eyes, coughing, chest pains and lethargy.
Dr Lawrence Kurlandsky, formerly of Upstate Medical University in New York, who led the study, said he had seen some "pretty clear cut" cases of the Christmas tree-related condition. Dr Kurlandsky's advice: householders should throw away the Christmas tree on St Stephen's Day.