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Watch out for allergies at holiday celebrations

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, but for many, it is just another period where they have to worry about asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. In fact, the family gatherings and festive parties that typically occur during this time of year can wreak havoc on people with asthma or allergies. 

Traveling to other homes could expose an individual to pet dander or other allergens that would otherwise be ignored. Similarly, taking decorations out of storage or going on massive cleaning sprees around a home could stir up mold spores or similar airborne irritants that could spark reactions. 

"Allergies can strike at any age in life, with symptoms disappearing and resurfacing years later," said Dr. Leonard Bielory, a fellow at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Allergies and asthma are serious diseases. Misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatment can be dangerous." 

To make a home more hospitable to all guests and clear the air of many irritants that could trigger asthma or allergies, consider investing in a medical-grade device. Air filer purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are ideal for helping individuals breathe easier no matter what allergies and respiratory illnesses they suffer from.