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  • Asthma, allergy treatments go hand in hand

    Individuals who have to deal with both asthma and allergies may face an uphill climb when it comes to their treatment. It can be extremely complicated to manage both conditions, which makes communicating with doctors, and especially allergists, incredibly important. 

    According to a recent study, published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, researchers found that patients with asthma should ask questions and maintain an open flow of communication with doctors. Only a small number of asthma patients - between 8 and 13 percent - refill their medication after one year of treatment, despite the fact that untreated asthma is responsible for thousands of deaths each year and causes many breathing issues.  

    "When patients do not understand their condition or treatment plan, they may not follow life-saving guidelines, putting them at increased risk for asthma attacks," said Dr. Stanley Fineman, an allergist and the president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "... Proper treatment and adherence to the plan not only improves quality of life, but may save lives." 

    One effort that can help both conditions is investing in a home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade device can clear a wide variety of irritants and allergens out of the air, which can make it easier to breathe indoors. 

  • Maximize New Year's resolutions regarding personal health

    The start of a new year typically means new beginnings and a clean slate for people all around the country. Many choose to dedicate themselves to making lifestyle changes such as losing weight and exercising, while others prefer to begin the year by cleaning out homes. However, working out and scrubbing a home can quickly fall by the wayside, especially if dust, allergens and odors are stuck circulating around a space. 

    Some individuals choose to invest in professional-grade air purifiers, such as the IQAir GC MultiGas. These devices are capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke, pet odors, cooking smells and chemicals. Not only can that make a home more comfortable, but it can also work to make an environment better for exercising, or it can make cleaning more effective. 

    Anyone looking to start 2014 off on the right foot should be putting themselves in a position to succeed. A large part of that is finding the right environment, which should be one that encourages personal health while also relieving conditions, such as asthma or allergies, that may inhibit plans. Instead of letting these health concerns dictate resolutions, take advantage of home air purifiers and the many benefits they offer. 

  • Distinguish between winter allergies and illnesses

    It's not uncommon for people around the U.S. to be plagued with illnesses throughout the winter months. Perhaps the most prevalent problems include cold and flu, but the symptoms associated with these may overlap or be confused with allergies. 

    KVUE News reported that a combination of allergens, viruses, influenza, bronchitis and similar issues may cause people to be confused about their diagnosis. After all, many of these problems have similar symptoms, and it is easy to mix them up if an individual is not sure what is happening with his or her body.

    The main difference between allergies and health concerns like the flu is that allergies will often lead to itchy, watery eyes. This is rarely the case with colds or the flu, which are instead more likely to lead to coughing, sore throat and general fatigue. 

    No matter what issues are impacting an individual in the winter, there are ways to find relief. Many turn to professional-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This home air purifier is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of common irritants, which can make it easier to breathe. The right air filter may even help rid a space of dust and other annoyances that frequently cause sicknesses. 

  • Freezing temperatures may impact asthma

    People throughout the country are currently dealing with the effects of the polar vortex. This widespread cold front brought extreme temperatures to all corners of the U.S., causing a deep freeze that some regions haven't experienced ever before and disrupting the day-to-day life of millions of Americans. 

    One issue that may arise is weather-related asthma. The cold temperatures can trigger a reaction in the body, causing the chest to tighten, the throat to constrict and similar potential problems. Although hypothermia and other common issues deriving from the cold are more obvious threats, people with asthma need to be aware of the dangers as well or they could end up having to trek out in the cold to receive medical attention. 

    "It's pretty typical of what we see when it's this cold," Dr. Paul Casey, a doctor at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, told The Associated Press. "Later in the day, the more people are outside working, we may see more cold-related injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia." 

    Whether individuals with asthma are faced with freezing temperatures regularly throughout the winter or are dealing with this intense cold for the first time, they need to be prepared to manage these issues. One way to do that is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for individuals to deal with all kinds of elements. 

  • Freezing temperatures may impact asthma

    People throughout the country are currently dealing with the effects of the polar vortex. This widespread cold front brought extreme temperatures to all corners of the U.S., causing a deep freeze that some regions haven't experienced ever before and disrupting the day-to-day life of millions of Americans. 

    One issue that may arise is weather-related asthma. The cold temperatures can trigger a reaction in the body, causing the chest to tighten, the throat to constrict and similar potential problems. Although hypothermia and other common issues deriving from the cold are more obvious threats, people with asthma need to be aware of the dangers as well or they could end up having to trek out in the cold to receive medical attention. 

    "It's pretty typical of what we see when it's this cold," Dr. Paul Casey, a doctor at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center, told The Associated Press. "Later in the day, the more people are outside working, we may see more cold-related injuries such as frostbite and hypothermia." 

    Whether individuals with asthma are faced with freezing temperatures regularly throughout the winter or are dealing with this intense cold for the first time, they need to be prepared to manage these issues. One way to do that is to invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for individuals to deal with all kinds of elements. 

  • High-fiber diet may ward off asthma

    When it comes to dealing with asthma, individuals plagued with the condition have several treatment options to choose from. Traditional medications, which include the use of inhalers, as well as making lifestyle changes, are among the most common. Many patients choose to complement their treatment with the use of a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus

    Although all of these treatments may provide some kind of relief for people with asthma, a new study shows that a dietary change may be one way to prevent this condition. The latest research found that a high-fiber diet triggers a change in the body, making an individual less prone to inflammation of the airway, according to Science magazine. 

    This one simple change affected the way the body produces immune cells in bone marrow, which in turn impacted inflammation of tissue. The end result was relief for individuals with asthma, as well as various positive changes for those with similar inflammatory diseases. 

    A diet rich in fiber may be the first step on the road to lessening the impact of asthma or even preventing it completely, but that is not the only action that may make life easier for individuals. Air purifiers can clear a space of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for people with respiratory illnesses to get through the day. 

  • High-fiber diet may ward off asthma

    When it comes to dealing with asthma, individuals plagued with the condition have several treatment options to choose from. Traditional medications, which include the use of inhalers, as well as making lifestyle changes, are among the most common. Many patients choose to complement their treatment with the use of a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus

    Although all of these treatments may provide some kind of relief for people with asthma, a new study shows that a dietary change may be one way to prevent this condition. The latest research found that a high-fiber diet triggers a change in the body, making an individual less prone to inflammation of the airway, according to Science magazine. 

    This one simple change affected the way the body produces immune cells in bone marrow, which in turn impacted inflammation of tissue. The end result was relief for individuals with asthma, as well as various positive changes for those with similar inflammatory diseases. 

    A diet rich in fiber may be the first step on the road to lessening the impact of asthma or even preventing it completely, but that is not the only action that may make life easier for individuals. Air purifiers can clear a space of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier for people with respiratory illnesses to get through the day. 

  • Utah's air quality among nation's worst

    When people think of areas with heavy pollution, large cities blanketed in smog likely come to mind. However, one of the areas of the U.S. with the worst air quality is Utah - and the pollution may be reaching unhealthy levels.

    According to The Associated Press, Utah has already urged its citizens to drive less and refrain from burning wood. Those with asthma, allergies, heart problems or respiratory issues are encouraged to stay inside. 

    Unfortunately for Utah residents, there is no easy fix for the air quality problem. A professional-grade air cleaner purifier such as the IQAir GC MultiGas can go a long way toward clearing the air of irritants. This may not be enough to improve the air quality of the entire area, but it is a great way to make a home a more comfortable place. 

    "This is complex," Rep. Joel Briscoe (D-District 25) told Fox 13 News. "It's not going to be fixed easily in one year. It's going to take a lot of concerted action on the part of a lot of people. On private industry, state government, private citizens: we all have to do our part." 

    Air pollution affects all parts of body function, so taking strides to reduce pollution is key. In the meantime, individuals should make an effort to create a healthier environment for themselves. 

  • Asthma treatment should be personalized

    Asthma can be incredibly difficult to live with, especially if the standard treatments interfere with personal habits or a certain lifestyle. One recent study found that personalized asthma treatments can go a long way toward improving an individual's overall health, especially with regard to related illnesses, often called comorbidities. 

    According to medwireNews, health issues such as cardiovascular disease and depression are commonly associated with asthma patients. The complicated needs associated with asthma treatment may make it difficult to adapt to other problems or medications, and could leave individuals susceptible to additional complications. 

    "Further research is needed to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying the observed independent association between asthma and various other chronic diseases - in particular cardiovascular conditions and depression - and to identify the specific health care needs of patients with asthma in the presence of specific comorbidities," the study authors wrote, as quoted by medwireNews. 

    One way to make strides toward improving the status of asthma is to invest in home air purifiers that enhance an indoor atmosphere. These medical-grade devices, including options like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that would otherwise cause respiratory issues for individuals. When used as part of a personalized treatment plan, these air filters can be a huge advantage. 

  • Asthma treatment should be personalized

    Asthma can be incredibly difficult to live with, especially if the standard treatments interfere with personal habits or a certain lifestyle. One recent study found that personalized asthma treatments can go a long way toward improving an individual's overall health, especially with regard to related illnesses, often called comorbidities. 

    According to medwireNews, health issues such as cardiovascular disease and depression are commonly associated with asthma patients. The complicated needs associated with asthma treatment may make it difficult to adapt to other problems or medications, and could leave individuals susceptible to additional complications. 

    "Further research is needed to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying the observed independent association between asthma and various other chronic diseases - in particular cardiovascular conditions and depression - and to identify the specific health care needs of patients with asthma in the presence of specific comorbidities," the study authors wrote, as quoted by medwireNews. 

    One way to make strides toward improving the status of asthma is to invest in home air purifiers that enhance an indoor atmosphere. These medical-grade devices, including options like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that would otherwise cause respiratory issues for individuals. When used as part of a personalized treatment plan, these air filters can be a huge advantage. 

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