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  • What are mold allergies?

    If you have allergies that you suspected were seasonal but never seem to go away, you may actually be allergic to mold. Mold allergies are difficult to deal with, as mold can grow anywhere and is often found in homes. Trying to clean up the mold can actually make the problem worse by spreading it through the air. That's why professional help is needed for mold removal.

    Though mold and other fungal allergies are generally more common in the summer months, they can affect allergy sufferers year-round if the the mold is found in the home. Mold allergies don't end with the first frost, as other fall allergies do. It does, however, stay dormant in the winter.

    Antihistamines and other drug therapies may help, but there are other things you can do to reduce mold spores in your home. Keep humidity low and the air cool with dehumidifiers and central air. The best thing you can do to start clearing your air of mold spores, however, is install a Hyper-HEPA-grade air purification system.

    If you're looking for a professional-grade air purifier, try one of the top-of-the-line models we carry at FreshAirPro. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the best purifiers on the market today. While other purifiers of its kind can only filter particles .3 microns in size, the HealthPro Plus can clear the air of particles as small as .003 microns. Freshen up your air with FreshAirPro.

  • Charlotte, North Carolina, high on the list for cities with the worst fall allergies

    Fall allergies are bad, but some have it worse than others. Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, are itching and sneezing up a storm. Fox News in Charlotte recently reported that the city was ranked in the top 20 in a survey of the country's worst cities for fall allergy sufferers.

    According to the news source, results were based on medicine sales and pollen counts. One of the biggest culprits is ragweed, but since it's been such a rainy fall, mold is becoming increasingly problematic. Last week, between 5 and 8 inches of rain fell in Charlotte, and although the rain provided temporary relief from ragweed pollen, it has some suffering worse than ever from mold spores.

    Although there are over-the-counter medications for allergy symptoms, many have negative side effects like drowsiness. If you think you have mold in your house, one of the best things you can do is purchase a professional-grade air purifier, like those available through us at FreshAirPro.

    One of our top-selling filtration systems is the HealthPro Plus by IQAir. While most air purifiers can only remove particles larger than .3 microns, IQAir's HealthPro Plus features a HyperHEPA filtration system, which can actually filter particles as small as .003 microns in size. Find relief from allergies, at least at home, with the HealthPro Plus.

  • Why are allergy sufferers facing such a difficult fall?

    Many allergy sufferers have been reporting symptoms that are worse than ever this fall. Unfortunately, not only were these results predicted, but a further premonition is that those bad allergies will last at least a few weeks longer than usual due to global warming.

    In addition to pesky ragweed allergies, mushroom and mold spores are abundant because the warm, wet summer stirred up excellent conditions for their growth. Luckily, mold usually stays dormant in the winter. For those who seem to still be suffering from mold allergies well into winter, it may be time to invest in a medical-grade air purifier for your home.

    We at FreshAirPro offer top-of-the-line air purifiers like the AllerAir 5000 Vocarb Air Purifier. This popular model provides protection from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), allergens, odors and other particulate matter. It can offer relief from mold spores, dust mites, pet dander and pollen, just to name a few.

    As for those suffering from ragweed allergies this fall, they are likely to simmer a bit as the days grow shorter, however, they won't completely go away until after the first frost. For now and for the future, protect yourself with air purifiers from FreshAirPro.

  • Common misconceptions about allergies

    There are many misconceptions flying around about allergies, and with false information comes misdiagnosis and mistreatment. Learn the truth behind some of the most common allergy myths.

    1. Children can outgrow allergies: True, but uncommon. Allergies are not just a problem for children. In fact, many people who never had allergies while growing up develop them as adults.

    2. Eating local honey can prevent hay fever: False. The idea behind this myth is that by eating honey made from the pollen in your area, your body becomes more immune to the pollen over time.

    "The problem is that the pollens that cause allergies, which are primarily trees, grasses and weeds, are not the plants bees use for honey," Dr. Maeve O’Connor, of the Carolina Asthma and Allergy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, explained to iVillage. "If you like honey, eat it. But there’s no proof it will alleviate or prevent seasonal allergies."

    3. Allergies aren't serious: Many people dismiss those who complain of allergy symptoms, assuming they are just a slight annoyance. Allergy sufferers, however, know this isn't true. Chronic symptoms can lead to asthma, insomnia and even sinus infections.

    If you have seasonal allergies, one of the best things you can do for your health is to purchase an air purification system in your home. FreshAirPro sells only the best-quality air purifiers, like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. Unlike other purifiers that can only filter the air of particles down to .3 microns in size, the IQAir HealthPro Plus can actually capture particles down to .003 microns in size. Clear the air with FreshAirPro.

  • Healthy diets for expecting mothers may reduce the chances of their babies developing allergies

    No one knows for sure what causes some people's bodies to attack harmless substances, but new research suggests there may be a solution for preventing allergies. It seems that babies of mothers who eat a diet rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) during pregnancy are less likely to have allergies.

    PUFAs are found in fish and walnut oils and have long been known to promote better health in babies, but it hasn't always been clear why. The new study, which was recently published in The Journal of Physiology, provides more insight.

    It appears that PUFAs make the baby's gut more permeable, allowing bacteria and foreign substances into the blood stream, which in turn increases the baby's production of antibodies.

    If you or your child have allergies, it's important to keep your home as allergy-free as possible. Installing a medical-grade air purifier can help reduce the amount of airborne allergens in your home. IQAir purifiers are considered to be the best by many professionals. Its HealthPro Plus model is an excellent choice for those suffering from a variety of respiratory ailments, including allergies. It is generally considered ideal for controlling common allergens, including dust, pollen, pollution, pet dander, smoke and mold. Breathe better with IQAir's HealthPro Plus.

  • 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.

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