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  • Flooding can aggravate allergy symptoms

    Those who have recently experienced heavy rain or flooding may have other pressing needs on their minds - such as repairing any damage - but excess water isn't the only thing that may be a cause of concern. Standing water may lead to mold proliferation, which can aggravate allergy symptoms for some and create respiratory problems for others.

    "One of the biggest issues homeowners will face is what to do about flooded carpeting," allergist James L. Sublett, chair of the indoor environments committee for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) told Sublett recommends removing the carpets to let them dry immediately and to check the underlying boards for any water damage.

    For a topline defense against any potential mold should it arise, homeowners should consider purchasing an air purifying system.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is widely trusted among consumers for its combination of four advanced filtration stages. Thanks to its HyperHEPA filter stage, the HealthPro Plus is capable of removing particles as small as .03 microns in size, 10 times the capability of standard HEPA models.

  • Rugs, not carpets, are the word for allergy-sufferers

    Those with allergies have likely been long-accustomed to finding effective strategies for reducing their symptoms, but it's important to keep in mind that the flooring of one's abode can have a large impact on the intensity of the symptoms experienced.

    If you suffer from heavy allergy symptoms, avoid living in a house or apartment that has wall-to-wall carpeting. Area rugs are a much better option, as they can be removed to be washed, leaving the existing floor free to be cleaned of any dust or particles that may have gotten trapped beneath it.

    As an additional measure, allergy-sufferers should consider investing in a high-quality air purifying system.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the industry's top-rated, best-selling brands. With four levels of advanced filtration, the HealthPro Plus is an effective means of tackling a range of airborne contaminants, including mold, pollen, dust, dust mites, pet dander, gases, smoke, odors and more. Thanks to its advanced HyperHEPA filter, the HealthPro Plus can filter particles as small as .03 microns in size, 10 times the capability of standard HEPA models.

  • What to do when your pet starts shedding

    Spring might mean a lot of things for your pet, including longer, pleasant walks, an increased bout of energy and, unfortunately for you, a higher rate of shedding.

    As your pet begins to shed its winter coat, you'll need to equip yourself with a topline defense to not only rid your indoor environment of allergy-inducing dander, but to ensure you're breathing the freshest air possible as you head into spring and summer.

    Fresh Air Pro carries the industry's best air purifiers, including the top-rated, best-selling IQAir HealthPro Plus.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a topline defense against a range of household contaminants for allergy-sufferers, those with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and health-conscious individuals. It combines four advanced filtration technologies to effectively tackle dust, dust mites, pollen, mold, pet dander, gases, smoke, odors and more, including its HyperHEPA filter stage, which employs the most advanced filter of its kind. The HyperHEPA filter is capable of filtering particles as small as .03 microns in size, 10 times the capability of standard HEPA models.

  • Is fresh air on your spring cleaning list?

    Now that the weather is warm enough to crack a window, people everywhere are likely catching up on their spring cleaning if they haven't done so yet. If there are a few items that remain on your list, make sure that freshening your air doesn't stay there for too much longer.

    Winter is one of the worst seasons for indoor air quality, as people tend to spend most of their time inside and closed windows equate to poor air circulation. However, just because that's about to change doesn't mean that those who live in densely polluted areas won't be ale to benefit from a bit of outside help.

    Health-conscious individuals looking to boost their indoor air quality should consider investing in a professional-quality air purifying system. Fresh Air Pro carries only the best, most trusted brands available on the market today, such as the best-selling IQAir.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a top-line defense against a range of household contaminants such as mold, pollen, dust, dust mites, pet dander, gases, odors and smoke. It combines four advanced filtration technologies to effectively filter over 99 percent of particles from the air, leaving you with fresh, clean air you can count on.

  • Allergies may prove to be genetic in many families

    Although the direct cause of allergies is not known, many researchers have determined that there may be a biological link between children and their parents. For three-year-old Jake Wolfe from Indianapolis, this could be bad news, according to the Indianapolis Star.

    Both of his parents, Eric and Lisa Wolfe, suffer from nearly 100 percent of seasonal allergies. The family is not alone - between 10 to 30 percent of adults suffer from hay fever. Approximately 40 percent of kids have the same allergic condition.

    "This year has been worse because of the extreme change in temperatures," Lisa Wolfe told the news source.

    Households who suffer from allergies, similar to the Wolfe family, can benefit from purchasing an air purifier. These devices remove particles from the air that can cause allergic reactions.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the most beneficial air purifiers on the market. The product has a HyperHEPA filter that can trap unseen particles, such as pollen, dust and mold spores. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is also ideal for homeowners who suffer from allergic reactions due to pet dander and cigarette smoke.

  • EPA faces budget cut in 2011

    The Clean Air Act has kept pollutants from damaging the ozone layer at an alarming rate, but environmental advocates' efforts may be hindered in the near future, according to Bloomberg News. The Environmental Protection Agency's budget is expected to be cut by nearly 16 percent. This will amount to approximately $1.6 billion as a result of a deal with President Obama in the government's attempt to save money in the 2011 fiscal year.

    "A $1.6 billion cut coming just at the time the EPA is finally waking up and starting to adopt basic safeguards is going to have a significant impact," Gabe Wisniewski, coal campaign director for the environmental group Greenpeace, told the news source.

    Americans who live with respiratory conditions, such as asthma, suffer extensively from pollution. Air purifiers can be used to help individuals breathe easily indoors.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is one device that can reduce the amount of harmful pollutants present in the air with its HyperHEPA filter. The product is designed to trap microscopic particles that are responsible for allergic reactions and asthma attacks in living spaces.

  • Clean Air act protecting more asthma sufferers from pollutants

    The Clean Air Act was created to protect individuals from harmful pollutants in the environment, but disagreements in Congress are threatening to void the protective legislation, according to the Midland Daily News. In portions of the country where asthma is a growing concern, such as Michigan, this could further health complications and hospital visits.

    "For healthcare professionals, the public policy stakes here are enormous and painfully clear," Brenda Afzal, U.S. Climate Policy Coordinator for Heath Care Without Harm, told the news source. "According to a recent Environmental Protection Agency analysis, the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990 currently prevent 1.7 million cases of asthma exacerbation."

    Asthma can result in wheezing and a dangerous shortness of breath in individuals who suffer from the condition. Air purifiers can help remove pollutants from rooms and help asthma patients breathe easier.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers. The HyperHEPA filter can remove dangerous air particles and bacteria from up to 900 square feet. It can control the amount of complex air pollution that travels throughout a household and make the air safe to breathe for those who suffer from severe respiratory conditions.

  • More allergy sufferers turning to shots for relief

    For some allergy sufferers, reactions are more severe than others. Aside from the occasional runny nose, many individuals are forced to endure itchy eyes and labored breathing during the allergy season. Pollen can be an ongoing burden for those with sensitivity to these airborne irritants, but allergy shots are offering relief for many, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Michelle Jason is one woman who carried nasal sinus spray everywhere with her and took three pills a day to control her allergies. Since enduring years of allergy shots, she told the Tribune that it has been worth the pain to enjoy the great outdoors.

    Those who want to avoid needles and control their seasonal allergies still have other options, such as air purifiers. With the right device, individuals can reduce their allergic reactions and make it easier to breathe indoors.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is ideal for allergy sufferers of all ages. The device can cover up to 900 square feet and quickly remove allergens from the air. Its HyperHEPA filter is ideal for trapping pollen and other small particles that may cause seasonal watery eyes and runny noses.

  • Smog proven to hinder brain capabilities

    Air pollution has long been known to cause respiratory issues and increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, but new research suggests that the brain is not immune to the harmful effects of smog. A study conducted by the University of Southern California has determined that long-term exposure to air pollution may result in brain damage, according to AltTransport.

    Researchers exposed lab rats to the chemicals commonly found in smog for 150 hours over the course of a week. This is the equivalent of three weeks of traveling on the highways in southern California. Experts were able to determine that the pollution caused inflammation in brain cells, which can cause learning difficulty and memory issues.

    Individuals who want to improve the air quality in their living spaces and remove harmful pollutants may want to purchase an air purifier. A device with a HEPA filter can greatly reduce the amount of particles in the air that are known to cause lung irritation.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier has a HyperHEPA filter that can trap ultra-fine particles that are smaller than 0.3 microns in size. The product can be helpful for individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma.

  • Cleanliness may be advancing allergies in Americans

    Approximately 60 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies on an annual basis, but experts say that reactions are becoming more common in people of all ages, according to the Evansville Courier and Press.

    Physicians believe that the increase in the number of allergy cases may be due in part to cleanliness. Because more people are making an effort to use hygienic products such as hand sanitizer, the immune system is being trained to attack foreign invaders. This includes pollen, which in turn results in allergic reactions.

    "[Allergies] can start anytime in life," Anne McLaughlin, an allergist and immunologist for Deaconess Clinic Gateway Health Center, told the news source. "It's a lifetime problem."

    Individuals who want to breathe easier in their household may want to consider purchasing an advanced air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This air purifier comes with a HyperHEPA filter that is designed to trap particles that are smaller than 0.3 microns in size. Homeowners can prevent pollen, smoke and pet dander from causing allergic reactions on a regular basis.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier covers up to 900 square feet. It is the ideal device for allergy and asthma sufferers alike who want relief from seasonal symptoms.

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