Mould & Mildew

Mildew and mould spores float in the air like pollen. Your exposure to them may increase during the holidays because they love damp evergreens, like the wreaths, boughs and trees we bring inside this time of year.

How to Control Mould Allergies:

 A 2011 study performed by staff at the SUNY Upstate Medical University, and published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, found that a Christmas tree could increase the number of mould spores in an apartment by about 6 and a half times



Christmas trees and wreaths carry mould spores. If mould affects you, you may consider making the switch to artificial decorations. If you simply can’t do without your Christmas tree, then there are other ways to keep mould to a minimum. Hose plants down before bringing them inside to get rid of existing spores.

Artificial decorations can indeed reduce allergies, but they too can become damp or grow mould. Ensure your artificial decorations are stored in dry containers and have been packaged correctly.

Air purifiers, dehumidifiers and sprays that target mould can make a difference in tackling the spores that cause your allergic reaction.

Dust Mites

These tiny allergens can be even more aggravating around the holidays, when the air gets damp and we spend time in hotel rooms or staying with friends and relatives.

How to Control Dust Mite Allergies:

Keep symptoms in check at home by changing air filters frequently, washing your bedding in hot water at 60°C weekly, and by buying allergy-resistant encasement covers for pillows and mattresses. Dust mites thrive in humidity, so a good way to keep indoor humidity between 30% and 50% is to invest in a dehumidifier.

During the holiday season, you often find yourself staying with friends, relatives, and in hotels. When travelling, it’s a good idea to bring your own pillow with an anti-allergy protective cover. When staying in a hotel, you can request a down-free pillow or even bring your own pillow encasements to keep allergic reactions to a minimum.


The Holiday Season means lots of dining away from home, plenty of seasonal foods, and lots of parties! All of which make it likely that you’ll accidentally eat foods you’re allergic to.

Ways to Control Food Allergies:

The first and best treatment for food allergies is to avoid what you’re allergic to. At seasonal gatherings with friends and family, communication is key. Tell them about your food allergies, ask about ingredients in meals and desserts, discuss alternatives with them, and ask for their help so that you can avoid the foods you’re allergic to. The last thing your family or friends want is to make you unwell around the holiday season.


Symptoms of pet allergies can worsen around the holidays. Pets are indoors more, both at your house and in the homes of friends and family



Ways to Control Pet Allergies:

To reduce the likelihood of a reaction for yourself or your visitors this holiday season, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, minimize your contact with pets and keep them strictly out of the bedrooms to reduce the amount of allergen in the room. Make sure to bathe your pets weekly, if possible, to wash away dander and other allergens from their fur. Change your clothes, bathe and wash your hair after playing with your pet and before going to bed[3]. Wash your hands and face frequently, and keep your floors swept, and carpets vacuumed.

Air purifiers and sprays that target allergies to pets can make a difference in tackling the protein in the dander that causes your allergic reaction.

Find out more about coping with a pet allergy.



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