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  • Vitamin D may not be beneficial for asthma patients, study shows

    For years, a prevailing thought among medical experts and patients alike was that vitamin D could positively impact asthma treatment. While the research supporting this claim was spotty, many believed that the vitamin could interact with the immune system in a way that reduces the effect of asthma. However, a recent study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that this is not the case. 

    According to the research, adding vitamin D to asthma treatment is only helpful if patients can achieve certain levels of the supplement in the blood. The study maintains that the vitamin alone is not a sufficient treatment of asthma and may not make a major difference for all patients. 

    Still, as many as two-thirds of asthma patients have low vitamin D, and individuals with the condition should make sure they are getting a proper amount of the vitamin to reduce the odds of problems, according to Reuters Health. 

    Although vitamin D may not be a reliable treatment, there are ways patients can relieve symptoms and improve health. HEPA air purifiers, such as the medical-grade IQAir HealthPro Plus, are frequently used to clear the air of harmful allergens and irritants that may trigger asthmatic reactions. 

  • Bad allergies can lead to asthma diagnosis

    People with bad allergies have enough on their plates each spring. With the forecasts for this season predicting the weather will be especially aggravating for individuals with pollen and similar allergies, these people have to be concerned about their health. However, they may also need to pay attention to the sudden appearance of asthma symptoms. 

    According to the Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic, there is a link between allergies and asthma, and this can cause allergies to trigger symptoms of the other respiratory conditions. Because allergies can make individuals extremely sensitive to certain irritants, it leaves them vulnerable to a wide variety of other problems. 

    "Last year because the pollen counts were so high and the allergy seasons were bad, many of my allergy patients developed asthma symptoms for the first time," said Dr. Rachel Szekely of the Cleveland Clinic. "So now they have a new diagnosis of asthma." 

    As spring and summer begin to heat up, people may be searching for some kind of relief from asthma and allergies. Air filter purifiers might be able to help, as medical-grade devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of common allergens and irritants that would otherwise cause major problems for individuals. 

  • Bad allergies can lead to asthma diagnosis

    People with bad allergies have enough on their plates each spring. With the forecasts for this season predicting the weather will be especially aggravating for individuals with pollen and similar allergies, these people have to be concerned about their health. However, they may also need to pay attention to the sudden appearance of asthma symptoms. 

    According to the Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic, there is a link between allergies and asthma, and this can cause allergies to trigger symptoms of the other respiratory conditions. Because allergies can make individuals extremely sensitive to certain irritants, it leaves them vulnerable to a wide variety of other problems. 

    "Last year because the pollen counts were so high and the allergy seasons were bad, many of my allergy patients developed asthma symptoms for the first time," said Dr. Rachel Szekely of the Cleveland Clinic. "So now they have a new diagnosis of asthma." 

    As spring and summer begin to heat up, people may be searching for some kind of relief from asthma and allergies. Air filter purifiers might be able to help, as medical-grade devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of common allergens and irritants that would otherwise cause major problems for individuals. 

  • Study shows traffic pollution may send children to the hospital

    Millions of children around the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma. While many learn to manage this condition, others struggle with the symptoms. This could include employing a drastic lifestyle change or frequent visits to the hospital, but regardless of what the side effects are, there are certain factors that may make them worse. 

    According to a study from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, children who are exposed to air pollution from traffic are at a high risk of readmittance to the hospital due to asthma. Kids exposed to traffic-related air pollution are three times more likely to be hospitalized than their counterparts. 

    The research, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, noted that urban areas were harmful due to the proclivity of diesel exhaust. Because these particles are larger than those of traditional gas, they can cause significant health problems. 

    Fortunately, many individuals and families can find a solution with medical-grade home air purifiers. Devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas are adept at clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke, odors and chemicals that are commonly found around heavily populated or trafficked areas.

  • Study shows traffic pollution may send children to the hospital

    Millions of children around the U.S. have been diagnosed with asthma. While many learn to manage this condition, others struggle with the symptoms. This could include employing a drastic lifestyle change or frequent visits to the hospital, but regardless of what the side effects are, there are certain factors that may make them worse. 

    According to a study from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, children who are exposed to air pollution from traffic are at a high risk of readmittance to the hospital due to asthma. Kids exposed to traffic-related air pollution are three times more likely to be hospitalized than their counterparts. 

    The research, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, noted that urban areas were harmful due to the proclivity of diesel exhaust. Because these particles are larger than those of traditional gas, they can cause significant health problems. 

    Fortunately, many individuals and families can find a solution with medical-grade home air purifiers. Devices like the IQAir GC MultiGas are adept at clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, including smoke, odors and chemicals that are commonly found around heavily populated or trafficked areas.

  • Watch out for common allergen hiding places

    Having allergies often causes individuals to make drastic changes to a lifestyle. However, there are a few simple actions that can have significant effects, and it would be in the best interest of many people to check out some of the easiest steps to relieving allergies in a home. 

    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center recently came up with a list of areas individuals may want to focus on when addressing allergies. For instance, many people forgo down or feather bedding out of the fear that it contains high concentrations of allergens, but this could be sprouting from a common misconception. 

    In reality, this bedding is usually washed completely before being placed in tightly woven casings. This makes it hard for allergens to embed themselves in the fabric and sits in contrast to other synthetic materials. 

    "Synthetic materials often have looser-weave casings, which can allow more dust, mold and dander collect," said Dr. Nabeel Farooqui, an allergy and immunology specialist at the Wexner Medical Center. "That's most often what people are allergic to - not the feathers themselves." 

    Anyone who wants to make a home space more comfortable should consider investing in a professional-grade product such as a home air purifier. The IQAir HealthPro Plus, for example, can clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants, allowing people with allergies to find relief in their homes. 

  • How to exercise with allergies

    People dealing with allergies or asthma often face many obstacles when trying to stick to an exercise routine. Even the slightest trace of seasonal allergies can wreak havoc on a schedule, causing individuals to skip over their usual activities in favor of hiding away with home air purifiers. Although devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can certainly make a difference indoors, people do not have to limit themselves to confined spaces just because of allergies. 

    According to CNN, anyone eager to get outside can simply embrace a few strategies to avoid respiratory problems. For example, by checking the forecast to determine when pollen count is the lowest, individuals can select the best time to exercise. They can also scope out maps of the surrounding area to find out which spots will likely have the highest concentration of certain allergens. 

    Some may even want to switch up their routines based on their health issues. 

    "Allergies trigger asthma, making it much more difficult to exercise," Dr. Jay M. Portnoy told CNN. "It's recommended that people with asthma take up swimming as an aerobic activity ... If you're swimming instead of running outdoors, then there's more moisture and warmth so you're less likely to have trouble breathing."

  • Allergies don't have to stop gardening

    Many people with allergies feel the need to do whatever they can to find relief. While it's certainly possible to use medical-grade devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus to breathe easier indoors, individuals will also have to make changes to limit the time they spend outside. However, that doesn't mean they have to give up all of their hobbies - even if one of those pastimes is gardening. 

    "For most individuals, the gardening allergies do, in fact, affect their quality of life, especially during the seasons,'' Dr. Clifford Bassett, director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, told The Southern Illinoisian. "However, some folks with allergic asthma may experience a flare or exacerbation of their respiratory symptoms that may become more serious, and necessitates them to refrain from or curtail gardening activities.''

    Individuals who want to keep up with their gardening can take a few steps to make themselves feel better. For instance, they can wear masks to reduce the allergens they inhale. They should also consider the placement of their flowers. While the beauty of the yard is certainly important, no one wants to have pollen-ridden plants directly next to their living rooms or bedrooms. 

  • Allergies don't have to stop gardening

    Many people with allergies feel the need to do whatever they can to find relief. While it's certainly possible to use medical-grade devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus to breathe easier indoors, individuals will also have to make changes to limit the time they spend outside. However, that doesn't mean they have to give up all of their hobbies - even if one of those pastimes is gardening. 

    "For most individuals, the gardening allergies do, in fact, affect their quality of life, especially during the seasons,'' Dr. Clifford Bassett, director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, told The Southern Illinoisian. "However, some folks with allergic asthma may experience a flare or exacerbation of their respiratory symptoms that may become more serious, and necessitates them to refrain from or curtail gardening activities.''

    Individuals who want to keep up with their gardening can take a few steps to make themselves feel better. For instance, they can wear masks to reduce the allergens they inhale. They should also consider the placement of their flowers. While the beauty of the yard is certainly important, no one wants to have pollen-ridden plants directly next to their living rooms or bedrooms. 

  • Look beyond the home when fighting allergies

    Fighting allergies is not something that is only done inside a home. Most people who deal with spring allergies must contend with irritants while they are driving, exercising, socializing or working, and the allergens can prove to be especially distracting during these times. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that should help and individuals breathe easier at all times - even if they are in a car. 

    Most people will probably be spending lots of time in their vehicles during the coming weeks, whether just for their work commutes or for long road trips. First, all drivers should make sure to change their car's air filter. This can become clogged, which then allows allergens to make their way to the interior.

    It's also a good idea to keep a pair of sunglasses on hand in the car, as irritants can aggravate the eyes. Glasses can keep many of these particles from coming into contact with the eyes while also ensuring that watery eyes are not as affected by the bright sun. 

    Drivers should also be sure to regularly wash their cars so the vehicles don't become pollen carriers. Individuals will have to leave the comforts of their homes sometime in the spring, and even those with the best home air purifiers around a space will face challenges outdoors. Let the IQAir HealthPro Plus take care of a home while these tips ease allergies behind the wheel. 

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