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Allergies run rampant around cold weather and holiday decor

Holiday decorations covered in mold or pollen (as well as dust from attic or basement storage areas) might cause allergy sufferers across the nation to experience symptoms this season as they start to deck the halls for the upcoming holidays.

"You disturb dust and other debris that hasn't been touched for a year," Dr. Richard Lockey told the St. Petersburg Times.

Christmas trees, garlands and plants can also bring on sneezing and runny noses, especially for those who are allergic to the terpene in evergreen sap, reports the news source.

The Times borrowed a recommendation from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and suggested that those who find themselves sniffling and coughing use a leaf-blower on the trees near their homes to remove some of the mold and pollen.

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