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  • Insurance companies not covering prescription allergy medications

    About 40 million Americans suffer from indoor or outdoor allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Unfortunately for many allergy-sufferers, several insurance companies have stopped covering prescription allergy medications, according to the Carroll County Times.

    Those who once relied on prescriptions to ease their symptoms are now turning to over-the-counter drugs, many of which are not effective in relieving their moderate to severe sore throats, congestion and itchy eyes.

    Because of this, many brands that were once prescription-only only have begun to develop over-the-counter medications.

    Allergy-sufferers will benefit from keeping the air in their homes free from irritants with air purifiers from Fresh Air Pro. The Airgle 750 is one of its most advanced models, and it had the highest Clean Air Delivery Rate out of 159 other leading purifiers. It can remove everything from dust, pollen and mold to tobacco smoke.

    If your over-the-counter medication isn't doing the trick, use an air purifier to clear your home of the allergens that make you feel terrible.

  • Allergy symptoms vs. cold symptoms

    Many Americans suffer with allergies and don't even know it, often attributing their symptoms to colds or other viruses, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). As seasonal allergies are getting worse with global warming, many who have never experienced allergy symptoms are beginning to notice them.

    Watch out for the timing and duration of your symptoms when determining whether your sneezing and coughing are related to allergies or a viral infection. If you get sick after coming in contact with someone who is ill, you likely just have a cold. If it doesn't clear up within a few weeks, see a doctor to rule out something more serious.

    If it's allergies, you may notice that you only get sick at certain times of the year, or that symptoms seem to go away and come back a week later. These are signs that you may have seasonal allergies, and you should go see a doctor about allergy testing.

    A quality air filter like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier from Fresh Air Pro can be helpful to keep your home free of allergens. While many air purifiers only have the ability to filter particles larger than .3 microns, the IQAir HealthPro Plus uses HyperHEPA technology to remove ultra-fine particles as small as .003 microns in size, eliminating the air of 99.5 percent of all pollutants and allergens. Breathe easy at home with a quality filtration system from Fresh Air Pro.

  • Sending your child back to school with allergies

    Many parents dread sending their children back to school with allergies. It's as if everything they've worked so hard for at home goes right out the window when they step into the classroom. Allergies and asthma can be exacerbated by everyday things like chalk dust, and many old school buildings are filled with mold.

    Making your home as allergy-free as possible is the first step to treating your child. Air purifiers, like the top-of-the-line purifiers sold at Fresh Air Pro, are extremely helpful for combating indoor allergies. The AllerAir 5000 Exec is an excellent choice to rid the air of pollutants, chemicals and allergens. Its medical-grade HEPA filter can remove 99.97 percent of airborne particles as small as .3 microns.

    Talk to your child about the differences he might experience in symptoms between home and school. Be sure the school nurse has all of his medications and inhalers on hand, and tell your child how important it is that he keep his inhaler on him at all times.

  • Allergy relief for animal lovers

    Because many pet allergies come from the skin and saliva of the animal and not just the fur, there's really no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. That shouldn't stop the biggest dog lovers from realizing their dreams of owning a pet.

    If you have severe allergies but can't say goodbye to Fido, there are some steps you can take to reduce your symptoms. Brushing the dog outside and washing him regularly can reduce the amount of hair and fur in the house.

    Switch carpets for hardwood floors wherever possible, and keep the dog in areas of the house that aren't carpeted. Dusting and vacuuming regularly is a must for reducing allergens from household surfaces, however without an air purifier, they'll keep coming back. Try an air purifier from Fresh Air Pro, such as the BlueAir ECO10 Air Purifier.

    If you're still noticing symptoms, talk to a doctor about the possibility of allergy shots. Don't let allergies stop you from completing your family with man's best friend.

  • Keep your air pollutant-free for healthy genes

    Past studies have found that air pollution can actually cause DNA damage. This is bad news for those of us living in today's industrialized, polluted world. The good new is, air purifiers can actually help.

    Toxic airborne particles contribute to a number of diseases, from asthma to heart disease. HEPA filters, however, can block these particulates and clean environmentally polluted air, making it safer for us to breathe.

    In a 2004 study led by James Quinn, two sets of mice were tested, one that breathed polluted air and one that breathed HEPA-cleaned air, the Associated Press reports. Those who breathed the HEPA-filtered air had a 52 percent smaller chance of passing on genetic mutations to their offspring than those who breathed the outside air.

    Fresh Air Pro carries the highest-quality air purifiers, including the top-of-the-line IQAir GC VOC. It's specifically designed to control Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and paticulate contaminants. Help protect yourself and your future children with an air purifier from Fresh Air Pro.

  • Ways to help asthma-sufferers living with smokers

    Suffering from asthma symptoms while living with a smoker can be brutal, and although it's best for smokers to avoid smoking in a house occupied by someone with asthma, new studies suggest that High-Efficiency Particulate Air, or HEPA, cleaners may significantly help asthma-sufferers living with smokers.

    A recent study at Johns Hopkins Children's Center looked at the effects of HEPA air cleaners among 115 children from inner-city Baltimore. The study went on for six months and found that children who used the HEPA cleaners showed improvements in their asthma symptoms.

    The benefit amounts to approximately 33 less days of symptoms a year, Arlene M. Butz, an asthma specialist at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, told Reuters Health. She also suggested that any person living in an apartment building with asthma, whether with a smoker or not, should consider an air purifier, as smoke elsewhere in the building can travel.

    Fresh Air Pro carries only the best air purifying systems, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This top-rated air purifier is ideal for those suffering with asthma or a wide range of allergens including pollen and dust.

  • Global warming may be to thank for your worsening ragweed allergy

    This fall, allergies are likely to be worse than ever. If you once suffered from mild allergies, expect them to be moderate, and if you had moderate allergies, you're probably in for severe allergies this season - at least that's what scientists from Rutgers University are saying.

    "Climate change appears to be associated with early pollen seasons that last longer, causing more people to suffer from pollen-induced allergies," explained lead researcher Dr. Leonard Bielory.

    Since allergy seasons are getting increasingly longer and worse, now is the time to make sure the air in your house is clean and free of allergens. One way to ensure your home is as hypoallergenic as possible is by using a top-of-the-line air purifier like those available through Fresh Air Pro.

    The IQAir GC MultiGas purifier not only relieves smoke, allergens, viruses and bacteria from the air in your home, it's also effective for those with chemical sensitivity. The whole family will be breathing clean, fresh air with IQAir GC MultiGas.

  • Allergy-proof alternatives to keeping your pet outside

    Not all pets are meant to be outdoor animals - in fact, few really are. Rather than consign your cat or dog to the yard, consider a few alternatives to keep your home pet-friendly as well as allergy-free.

    Although there's no conclusive evidence that hypoallergenic dogs and cats are 100 percent irritant-free, those who own breeds with less of a proclivity to shed or produce pet dander typically enjoy fewer sniffles and sneezes.

    If your shaggy pet is already a member of the family, you can help allergy-proof your home by keeping animals out of the bedroom, installing hardwood floors if possible and investing in a high-end air purifier such as those offered by Fresh Air Pro.

    Fresh Air Pro carries some of the best models on the market today, including the top-rated, best-selling IQAir HealthPro Plus. The state-of-the-art HyperHEPA filter is capable of filtering particles as small as .003 microns in size, which is 10 times smaller than what most standard HEPA models are capable of.

  • Understanding the difference between allergies and asthma

    Allergies occur when a person's immune system attacks harmless substances like pollen or pet dander. Asthma, although often triggered by allergies, is a blanket term used to describe a chronic respiratory disease in which the muscles surrounding the airway constrict and the lining of the airway becomes inflamed. This causes wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

    Some people have asthma and no allergy symptoms, but for many, allergies can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Those who suffer from allergy-induced asthma need to be particularly diligent in keeping their homes as allergen free as possible.

    One way to ensure a healthy home is using a high-quality air purifier like those offered by Fresh Air Pro. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is ideal for those with respiratory ailments like asthma. In addition to clearing the air of allergens like dust, pollen and pet dander, its HyperHEPA filters capture particles 0.003 microns in size, which is smaller than a virus.

    Nearly 85 percent of asthma attacks are triggered by irritants in the home such as dust mites, mold, pests and pets, according to a recent article in MSN Health. If you have asthma, an air purifier may be just what you need to control your symptoms and breathe comfortably.

  • Fall allergy facts and figures

    The number of Americans suffering from seasonal allergies is quickly increasing, and as fall approaches, many are looking for solutions and remedies to lessen their unbearable symptoms.

    With 60 million people in the United States currently diagnosed with allergies or asthma, it's one of the country's most common diseases (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America). Though they're often overlooked as mere annoyances, allergies can have fatal consequences.

    For the 40 million Americans suffering from indoor/outdoor allergies, a good air purifier can be a life-saver. Among other top brand products, FreshAir Pro offers the Austin Air HealthMate Plus Purifier. It removes 99.97 percent of airborne particles .3 microns or larger, and is particularly helpful to those with chemical sensitivities and dust allergies.

    As fall approaches, keep in mind that 4 million workdays are missed each year in the United States due to hay fever, according to the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. Do what you can to keep yourself healthy and productive this fall.

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