Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
19 December 2012 10:39
Asthma sufferers are being advised to exercise caution over the festive period as Christmas trees have been linked to respiratory problems
A phenomenon known as Christmas Tree Syndrome that can affect asthma sufferers has been identified by scientists. The potential health problems are thought to be linked to mould on the pine trees, which can flourish when it is brought into a warm home for the festive period. American allergy specialist Dr Lawrence Kurlandsky was the first to document the issue after noticing a surge in respiratory illnesses at Christmas time.
Results from a study by Upstate Medical University in New York, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, showed more than 50 different kinds of mould were found in cuttings of bark and pine needles from Christmas trees that were kept in homes. Over the 12 days of Christmas there was an increase in the amount of spores found in an average home from 800 per cubic metres to 5,000 - which is a significant amount when it is noted hayfever sufferers can be affected by 50 pollen per cubic metres. Professor Jonathan Brostoff, an allergy expert at King's College London, said: "It's a problem for people who already have respiratory conditions."
Asthma patients who are spending Christmas away from home this year may want to consider taking out a specialist
asthma travel insurance policy to provide some peace of mind during the festivities.
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.
22 November 2016
Winter sun is now the most popular holiday type, according to new research conducted by travel experts.
19 November 2016
A holiday price increase of 10% on trips to Europe could cause tourists to postpone their getaways next year, experts are warning.
18 November 2016
British citizens will no longer be able to travel freely to Europe without paying a "travel tax" or filling in visa forms under plans unveiled by Brussels.