Are you allergic to your Christmas tree?

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It is the Grinch that can ruin your holiday season.

A new study suggests sickness over the holidays could be your Christmas tree’s fault. So-called Christmas tree syndrome can cause wheezing, coughing, itchy nose, watery eyes fatigue and problem sleeping.

According to a study conducted by researchers at State University of New York 70 percent of the molds found in live Christmas trees triggered some sort of reaction. The mold on the trees grows when trees are placed in a warm home, releasing spores that can trigger an allergic reaction.

Symptoms may appear within two weeks of putting a tree up. The study was conducted after researchers decided to look into a peak around Christmas in respiratory illnesses. As many as 35 percent of people may be affected by Christmas Tree Syndrome. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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