Magazine article USA TODAY

Real Ones Can Make You Sneeze

Magazine article USA TODAY

Real Ones Can Make You Sneeze

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It is a scene right out of an old movie--heading off into the hills with the kids in tow to cut down a Christmas tree for home display. Doctors at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, though, say if you choose the wrong tree, you could make the holiday season miserable, as about one in 10 people are allergic to mountain cedar pollen, and those trees release their pollen just at the time you would be bringing them indoors to decorate.

If someone in your home is allergic to mountain cedar pollen, they are in for weeks of sneezing and sniffling. However, this is only a risk for those who like to go out into the wild and cut their own trees. The Scotch pines and Douglas firs you find at most Christmas tree lots or cut-it-yourself tree farms do not pollinate during the winter--yet you still may face some allergy issues, cautions physician Dave Khan.

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"Anything brought in from outdoors is likely to bring mold spores with it. …

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