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  • Parents' saliva may protect babies from allergies

    Most parents will do anything to keep their children healthy, though advice from a new study might come as a bit of a shock to new moms and dads. Scientists from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden recently published work in the journal Pediatrics stating that parents might be able to help their babies avoid getting eczema and asthma by cleaning off their pacifiers with their mouths. 

    Researchers tested this idea by recruiting 184 Swedish parents and their babies. During trials, half of the group cleaned their infants' pacifiers off with their mouths, while the second group washed them off with water. From the data, scientists found babies in the saliva group were "significantly less likely" to develop either eczema or asthma than their peers whose pacifiers were cleaned with water.

    Bill Hesselmar, lead author of the study, told NPR the benefits may lie in the microbiome, or bacteria that live in the parents' bodies, since their bacteria may be able to change that of their babies.

    "We think that these bacteria ... stimulate the immune system," Hesselmar told the radio station.

    According to the American Lung Association, more than 7 million kids under the age of 18 are already afflicted with asthma. Even though parents might not be able to help them avoid the issue now, they can help them cope better with the condition by investing in a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus for the home.

  • Oral drops curb allergy, asthma effects in children

    It's no secret that allergies and asthma are two of the most common conditions people of all ages face.  However, helping youngsters find relief is growing even more important since in 2010, approximately 10 percent of all children under the age of 17 experienced some allergy symptoms. 

    Allergy shots have become more popular in recent years to help curb the side effects of seasonal allergies and asthma. Despite the benefits, a new review in the journal Pediatrics, found allergy-relief oral drops could be just as effective, without the pain.

    Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center discovered the results after reviewing a total of 13 studies involving more than 900 children who all had either the allergy shot, standard allergy medication or a placebo. They then cross-referenced these results with another 18 trials involving more than 1,500 kids who had either oral drops, a placebo or standard asthma medication. Overall, the scientists found the shots worked better than the other methods in relieving allergy symptoms, while the oral drops helped provide more relief from allergies and asthma in comparison to placebos or standard medication. 

    Though more trials need to be conducted to verify these results, parents might want to discuss oral drops with their child's doctor if he or she is dealing with allergies or asthma. Parents could also install a professional-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus to ensure kids breathe easy at home. 

  • Foods that fight allergy symptoms

    Allergy season is in full swing around most of the nation and for the more than 50 million Americas who suffer from some form of allergy, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, it might be time to consider new ways to beat the symptoms. NBC affiliate WRCB recently spoke with Pamela Kelle, a food coach and registered dietitian, to discuss how food can play a role in keeping allergy side effects at bay. 

    According to Kelle, consuming ample amounts of fresh produce is key in preventing inflammation and other issues caused by allergies. Berries and apples as well as leafy vegetables are the best options overall. 

    "The property in the skin of the apple helps the body stop the histamines from causing inflammation factors," Kelle told the news outlet, adding fruits high in vitamin C are also beneficial. "That's going to be a lot of our fruit, blueberries, strawberries, things that have a lot of color, the brightest ones to help."

    When it comes to allergy triggers, Kelle reports bananas and red peppers are among the biggest culprits, so those already starting to sneeze or cough due to allergies might want to stop eating these foods until the season has passed.

    Even though eating certain foods could help curb allergy side effects, installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus could help even more. 

  • Allergies and asthma could be linked

    Approximately one in 12 (25 million) people in the U.S. have asthma, and this number is predicted to increase annually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Though inhalers and investing in air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help keep asthma symptoms at bay, treating patients for allergies as well might be an important step.

    This is because a new study published in the April edition of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology shows that people with asthma also tend to have allergies. Researchers came to this conclusion after reviewing results of a National Health and Nutrition Survey completed by more than 2,500 adults. 

    From the data, scientists from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) found that a shocking 75 percent of asthma patients between the ages of 20 and 40, and 65 percent of participants with asthma aged 55 or older, were all also inflicted with at least one type of allergy. Researchers have yet to figure out what or if there is a link between asthma and allergies, though they're looking into the various issues that could be to blame. 

    "It could be one of many creating this perfect storm for allergies," said Dr. Richard Weber, president of the ACAAI. "Other factors, such as the hygiene hypothesis, climate change and an increase in awareness and education can also be reasons for this growth."

  • Alternative ways to cope with allergies

    Spring allergies come with some of the most annoying side effects. According to The Associated Press, allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, can result in symptoms like sneezing, a stuffy nose, a runny nose, watery or itchy eyes and itching on the roof of a sufferer's mouth. Many people around the U.S. with allergies opt to take medicine to help curb the symptoms, but there are actually other ways to ease side effects as well.

    According to The Boston Globe, exercising could be beneficial in the fight against allergies. Working out will not only get people in shape for summer, it also helps boost their immune systems, thus making it easier for the body to ward off allergy symptoms. 

    Getting acupuncture is another alternative way to combat allergy symptoms. A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that patients gained some relief after undergoing 12 treatments over the course of eight weeks. Other options like using dripless nasal sprays have also been found to keep allergies at bay. 

    Those who have tried both traditional and non-traditional ways to curb allergy symptoms with no luck might want to invest in a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus to breathe easy at home. 

  • Fish consumption in early childhood could protect kids from allergies

    Allergies are among the most common chronic health issues in the U.S., as the condition accounts for more than 17 million outpatient doctor's visits a year, and limits activity for more than 40 percent of children with symptoms, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reports. 

    Even though there is no cure for allergies, a new study out of Sweden has discovered a potential link between fish and a lower chance of suffering from many of the condition's symptoms among children. Fox News reports scientists from the Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Department of Clinical Science and Education analyzed the diets of more than 3,000 children, specifically how much fish they consumed and their allergy risks.

    Researchers discovered kids who ate at least two servings of fish a month were 75 percent less likely to have allergies in comparison to their peers who ate less or no fish in any given month. Even though more research needs to be conducted, the scientists involved believe it could be a good idea for parents of young children to incorporate more fish into their diets to reap the potential benefits. 

    Families who already have young ones suffering from seasonal or other types of allergies can ensure they breathe better at home by installing an air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus.

  • Allergy triggers that could be bothering you

    Allergy season is in full swing around the nation and if you're one of the 50 million Americans reported to suffer from allergy symptoms, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, you could be triggering side effects without even realizing it.  The experts at Prevention magazine report there are a few common allergy triggers that few people know about.

    Those affected by ragweed or grass allergies might be worsening their symptoms by picking up fresh produce at a farmers market. According to the magazine, eating a tasty apple, peach pear or melon from such places can trigger oral allergy syndrome, a condition in which your immune system mistakes proteins in these fruits for pollen. If your lips start tingling or itching, it might mean your allergies are in full force. 

    Swimming is one of the best parts of summer, but perhaps not as great if you suffer from allergies. 

    "Dramatic changes in temperature, such as jumping into a cold lake on a hot day, can trigger asthma," Dr. James L. Sublett told the news outlet. 

    Instead of pencil diving into the water on a hot day, Sublett recommends gradually entering the body of water to help your immune system transition more smoothly. 

    A great way to ward off allergies even more is to install a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus into your home to breathe easy while relaxing. 

  • Tips to beat allergies this season

    When it comes to allergies, the odds are that at least one member of every family will be affected. In fact, WebMD reports a child with one parent who suffers from allergies has a 33 percent chance of developing the condition, while a child with two parents with allergies has a 70 percent chance of feeling the effects of changing seasons.

    There may be no way to fully ward off allergies, but there are ways to curb its effects. Allergist Neil Kao recently discussed options for reducing itchy eyes, runny noses and more in Greenville News. According to Kao, limiting outdoor exposure during the peak allergy season is the best way to keep symptoms at bay. Keeping windows and doors shut, despite wanting to let in the warm weather is another must - since pollen and other allergens travel through the air. Making sure to give Fido a bath more frequently than usual is an important step as well - the same particles that travel through the air can easily get trapped in his coat.

    Tips like these are helpful in keeping family members allergy-free, but those looking to do more might want to consider installing professional-grade air purifiers into their homes. An option like the Airgle PurePal Plus AG850 will help trap allergens and dust, allowing people to breathe easy in any season.

  • Cities with the worst allergies

    Allergy season is fast approaching and according to many experts, the severity of allergies is set to grow substantially in the coming years. Discovery News reports that continued earlier springs have led to longer growing seasons, thus boosting the pollen count around the nation. Dr. Leonard Bielory, an allergist specialist at Rutgers Center for Environmental Prediction, estimates pollen levels will increase by 20 percent by 2020.

    Despite the growth in pollen levels in the U.S., some residents might be getting it worse than others based on the city they live in. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAF) recently released its annual top 10 worst places for spring allergies list, and Tennessee takes the cake with three cities featured on the list. 

    This year's list includes Jackson, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; McAllen, Texas; Louisville, Ky.; Wichita, Kan.; Dayton, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla. and Baton Rouge, La., while a few other cities will also see a rise in pollen levels. According to the AAF people in Springfield, Mass.; Buffalo, N.Y. and Grand Rapids, Mich. will also be hit hard with allergies in 2013. 

    Even if you don't live in one of these allergy hotspots, it doesn't mean pollution won't affect your symptoms. You might not be able to avoid itchy eyes and a runny nose while outside, but you can breathe easy at home by installing a professional-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900.

  • Early warm weather spells trouble for people with allergies

    Approximately one in five Americans currently live with either allergy or asthma symptoms, WebMD reports. While most of these sufferers may have enjoyed the low-allergy levels of winter, many news providers say people should now start preparing for the worst.

    The Daily Press reports warm weather is springing up around the country, and with it could come high allergy levels. 

    "As the temperature rises, some of the species that cause allergies are going to have a longer growing season," James Perry at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, told the publication. "So you get more pollen over more and more time."

    Not only do the rates of allergens rise because of the warm weather, how well people's immune systems are able to fight off the symptoms grows weaker, making this coming season one of the worst for allergy sufferers. 

    "We have a certain amount of immunity to some of these allergens," Perry told the newspaper. "But if we're exposed over and over and over again, we'll eventually develop a reaction. …You will wear out your immune system, because it's constantly fighting things off."

    Even though there is no way to prevent allergy symptoms all together, there are certain ways sufferers can breathe easier at home. Installing a professional-grade air purifier like the Airgle PurePal AG800 in the house is a great way to reduce the side effects of allergies. 

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