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  • 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.

  • Nasal spray may be the solution to hay fever in the future

    Many over-the-counter medicines claim to be able to provide relief to those who suffer from hay fever, but CBS News reports that a new herbal nasal spray may be the answer to the elimination of symptoms. Researchers from the University of Goetheburg in Sweden say that a formulated spray containing traces of pine tree might ease hay fever symptoms.

    "The cellulose powder has no adverse effects, and this fact makes it a particularly attractive treatment for children," Nils Aberg, lead researcher, told the news source.

    An advantage to using an herbal remedy is it comes with less side effects than over-the-counter or prescription medications. More testing is required on the spray before it will be widely available to the public.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year may also want to consider using an air purifier. The IQ HealthPro Plus contains a HyperHEPA filter that can remove allergens from up to 900 square feet of space.

    Ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size can be eliminated with the system. The IQ HealthPro Plus can also remove airborne bacteria that can cause sinus infections and illness.

  • Alternative medicine and air purifiers may provide allergy relief

    Recently, the Teton Valley News reported that many people are still sniffling and sneezing from lingering pollen across Indiana.

    Although it seems difficult to overcome the symptoms associated with allergies, especially when obligations exist outdoors, there are a few ways that individuals can combat the itchy eyes and runny noses.

    A saline nasal spray is one of the most popular ways that allergy sufferers are coping with symptoms. This type of spray not only clears the nasal passages, but it can also prevent potential infections associated with allergies.

    Neti pots have also become a mainstream form of treatment for those who do not want to take medicine. Streaming water through the nasal passage can also remove irritants from sinuses.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year may want to consider using an air purifier as well. The IQ HealthPro Plus is a system that can help those with allergies and respiratory ailments.

    The air purifier contains a HyperHEPA filter that can trap particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It is also designed to remove allergens from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Drought helps ragweed sufferers in Texas

    Pollen has caused immense suffering for individuals living with allergies in Austin, Texas, this year. However, experts say that they may be able to find relief from ragweed this season as a result of an unexpected drought.

    Because there has been almost no rainfall in the region this spring and summer, researchers say that ragweed plants have not been able to grow, according to ABC affiliate KVUE-TV. Ragweed season typically begins in mid-August and can last into the fall.

    "With this bad drought and no rainfall, most of the ragweed plants did not sprout or have died already this year," Bill Howland, a doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center of Austin, told the news source. "We anticipate this ragweed season will be much easier for allergy patients."

    Individuals who suffer from allergies on a regular basis may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove allergens from the atmosphere and make it easier to breathe.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. Pollen, pet dander and smog can all be removed from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Pet dander from hypoallergenic dogs still pose threat to allergy sufferers

    In recent years, more individuals have attempted to overcome allergies through adopting or purchasing "hypoallergenic dogs." However, new research suggests that these lovable pets may not be so allergy-friendly after all, according to WebMD.

    Recently, a study published in the American Journal of Rhinology and Allergy showed that widely promoted "hypoallergenic dogs" are no better for allergy sufferers than other breeds. Portuguese water dogs, poodles and schnauzers have all been deemed hypoallergenic, but research shows that they can still be problematic for allergy patients.

    Approximately 92 percent of dust samples collected in 173 homes with one dog showed detectable traces of pet dander and allergens. Researchers also concluded that it had nothing to do with the breed.

    Individuals who suffer from pet allergies or seasonal hay fever may want to consider utilizing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritants from the atmosphere, making it easier to breathe.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system can clear up to 900 square feet of space. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, such as pet dander and dust. This can be an efficient way to cope with allergies on a regular basis.

  • Oregon residents finally feeling relief from seasonal allergies

    Allergy season has been worse than usual this year for many people across the U.S. due to dry spells and warm weather. Eugene, Oregon, is one region that especially suffered as a result of arid weather. However, a few recent storms have finally brought relief to residents in the area, according to The Register-Guard.

    Eugene saw its highest pollen count this season with 532 grains of grass pollen per square inch, which meant plenty of sneezing and itchy eyes for allergy sufferers. Kraig Jacobson, medical director of the Allergy and Asthma Research Group, which is the research arm of Oregon Allergy Associates in Eugene, told the news source that the rain will help allergy sufferers finally find relief.

    Individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies may want to consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritating particles from the atmosphere that cause coughing, sneezing and sniffling.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus system is efficient at removing ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space. Its HyperHEPA filter can eliminate dust, pollen and pet dander from the air.

  • Pollen season expected to remain brutal throughout the summer

    The worst of it may be over for some allergy sufferers once spring ends, but for many, sniffling and sneezing continues well into the summer months. High pollen counts are to blame, and experts say that there is little relief in sight, according to KVAL News.

    Justin Treat, a doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center in Eugene, Oregon, told the news source that tree and grass pollen are common causes for itchy, watery eyes and sneezing during this time of year.

    Treat also added that knowing what you are allergic to can play a crucial role in treating symptoms. Although pollen is a big culprit for many, ragweed and mold spores can cause allergic reactions as well.

    There are many ways that homeowners can reduce their allergy symptoms through methods other than medical treatment. Air purifiers are one way to remove pollen from a living space through a HEPA filter.

    The IQ HealthPro Plus is a system that can be especially beneficial for those with allergies and respiratory ailments. Its HyperHEPA filter can remove pollen and other ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, preventing airborne illnesses.

  • Pollen counts remain high through the spring season

    Allergy sufferers who believe that this season is more severe than others may be onto something - new research suggests that pollen counts have been abnormally high thus far for 2011, according to USA Today.

    Pollen is typically carried by insects, such as bees, but wind can sweep the particles from plants as well. Dry weather has contributed to lingering pollen in many regions of the country, and continues to cause irritation for individuals prone to allergic reactions.

    "Usually, by this time of the year, the pollen count goes down, and people usually aren't prepared to be dealing with allergies in late May," Joseph Leija, an allergist at Loyola University Health System's Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, told the news source.

    Air purifiers are a necessity for individuals suffering from allergies who want to remove irritating particles from the air through a HEPA filter. The IQAir HealthPro Plus may be able to provide relief as well, eliminating allergens from up to 900 square feet of space. Its HyperHEPA filter can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is not only ideal for allergy sufferers, but for individuals suffering from respiratory ailments as well.

  • Strong winds carrying pollen, wildfire smoke across the country

    Many people look forward to dry, warm weather after months of winter blizzards, but it can be quite another story for allergy-sufferers. In combination with the wildfires that have ignited in the southwest region of the country, allergy season has been nothing but misery for many Americans, according to NBC affiliate 9News.

    Recently, allergist Rohit Katial from National Jewish Health told the news source that pollen has been especially prevalent for this time of year.

    Grass and tree pollen have been named the culprits, and dry weather across several areas of the country have caused the allergens to linger for longer than usual. Wildfires in the southwest region of the U.S. have also created a large amount of smoke and air pollution, which has been carried across the country by strong winds.

    Air purifiers have been helpful to individuals suffering from allergies, removing pollen from the atmosphere through HEPA filter technology.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can be a viable solution for those looking for year-round relief. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from up to 900 square feet of space.

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