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  • Allergy season is the worst

    Allergies this past August were at a record high. A rainy summer meant high pollen counts, and unfortunately, global warming means allergies are likely to last longer than ever.

    Those who suffer from fall allergies can thank ragweed almost exclusively. Although the season usually runs from early to mid August until the early October, the end date is actually determined by the first frost. As global temperatures rise, the first frost isn't expected until a few weeks after its usual arrival. Allergy season continues until the frost comes.

    People with severe allergies should always check the pollen count and stay indoors on days that it's particularly high. When indoors, you can protect yourself with a top-of-the-line air filtration system like those available from FreshAirPro.

    For the worst allergies, consider a whole-house purifier such as The IQAir Perfect 16 (3-ton). It's one of the best filtration systems available to remove all sorts of allergies from pet dander, mold spores, dust and pollen. Make your home a safe place with a whole-house air purification system.

  • New treatment may soon be available for nasal allergy sufferers

    A possible alternative to steroidal nasal spray antihistamines may be on the horizon for nasal allergy sufferers, according to a recent article from Reuters Health. The treatment involves intranasal carbon dioxide, which has yet to be approved and is still in clinical trials.

    If it is approved, it could be good news for allergy sufferers who are reluctant to use steroids. However, some doctors, like Dr. Harold Nelson, an allergy specialist at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, are unimpressed. He believes it provides little improvement for the possible negative side effects, including watery eyes and headaches.

    Regardless of whether the treatment is approved, there are a variety of alternatives to steroids and antihistamines, including neti pots, allergy shots and the use of an air purifier in the home. FreshAirPro sells top-of-the-line air purifiers like the Austin Allergy Air Machine. This top-selling model is the only one on the market to use high-efficiency gas absorption, or HEGA filtration, which removes contaminants before they can trigger symptoms.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fighting fall allergies

    Summer is almost over, and as fall approaches, many allergy-sufferers are feeling the symptoms. Many regions across the United States have been hit with heavier rainfall at the end of summer, leading to increased weed growth. This could be bad news for allergy-sufferers.

    Michigan's Grand Rapids Press recently reported that ragweed pollen is expected to linger up to a month longer than it has in years past. This is largely due to global warming. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that about 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, including those from ragweed pollen.

    Though you can't control global warming and outdoor allergies, you can change how they affect your home. Purchasing an air purifier from a reputable vendor like Fresh Air Pro is the best option to keep your home as allergen-free as possible. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the best purifiers on the market. It uses advanced micro and nano-particle filter technologies to remove over 99 percent of all particulate air pollutants, including common allergens.

    This fall, take control of your allergies with purifiers from Fresh Air Pro.

  • Ragweed begins to thrive in Michigan after heavy rains

    Although the worst of pollen season might be over, allergy sufferers still have another concern looming over the horizon: ragweed. This irritant is known to cause just as much misery to people as pollen, and it can be worsened by climate conditions on an annual basis.

    Recently, Michigan went from drought-like conditions to being drenched with rain, according to MLive.com. In July, the region received almost seven inches of rain, which is almost four inches above the average. As a result, plants have been blooming and releasing those pesky spores that cause many allergy sufferers misery.

    Each ragweed plant can produce up to 1 billion grains of allergens, making it one of the toughest plants to handle throughout the year. However, allergy sufferers are finding new ways to combat their systems as the seasons change.

    An air purifier is one way that many individuals choose to fight allergy patients. A HEPA filter can remove allergens from the atmosphere, making it easier to breathe.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one system that many people turn to for relief. Its HyperHEPA filter can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. The IQAir HealthPro Plus may also reduce the chances of airborne illnesses by removing bacteria from the air.

  • Alternative pets for allergy sufferers can provide companionship

    It's not uncommon for individuals to suffer from allergies, but it can be disheartening if the ailment prevents them from owning a pet. Dog and cat allergies are two of the most popular conditions and there is no cure. However, the Mother Nature Network reports that there are a few pets that can fill the void in the hearts of those who yearn for a lovable companion.

    A hamster is not only cute and cuddly, but it can also be easily maintained. The news source says that the small pets are also entertaining and relatively allergy-free. They do not produce a large amount of irritating dander in comparison to dogs and cats.

    Fish are another alternative, although they cannot be touched or taken out of their tank. In a decorative aquarium, they can complement the welcoming feeling in an existing living space.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies as a result of pet dander may want to consider using an air purifier. The IQ HealthPro Plus system can remove the irritants from the atmosphere, making it easier to breathe.

    Its HyperHEPA filter can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. the IQ HealthPro Plus is a must for allergy and asthma sufferers alike.

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