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  • 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.

  • Salt Lake City allergy-sufferers see no sign of relief

    Recently, individuals living with hay fever allergies in Salt Lake City have reported above-normal symptoms as a result of an extended period of rain in the area, according to the Deseret News.

    The Salt Lake City region has weathered a rainy spring, giving plants more time to grow. Now that things are drying up and the temperatures are rising, hay fever-sufferers are beginning to exhibit more reactions to the changes: sniffles, sneezes, coughs and itchy eyes.

    "Recently, it's been horrible," Lindsi Wiseman, a resident in the area, told the news source. "[My children are] getting symptoms way worse than last year. It's just been really terrible in our household."

    Individuals who suffer from allergies and are looking for relief without the aid of a prescription medication may want to consider air purifiers. A HEPA filter can remove particles from the air that cause irritation, such as mold spores and pollen.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter for those who want to breathe easier in their homes. It can trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, ranging from dust to pet dander. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is effective throughout 900 square feet of space.

  • Exposure to pets in childhood may not result in allergies

    Many people suffer from pet dander allergies, and it was once thought that exposure to animals at a young age caused the life-long reaction. However, new research suggests otherwise and may have parents rethinking how they expose their kids to pets.

    A study recently published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy showed that exposure to cats and dogs does not raise a child's chances of becoming allergic to pets. Researchers followed 565 people from infancy to 18 years of age to examine how they reacted to pets in their households.

    At the end of the study, experts collected blood samples in the participants to measure the levels of antibodies in their systems. They discovered that being exposed to these pets within the first year of life may reduce the risk of developing certain allergies.

    Individuals who suffer from allergic reactions as a result of pet dander are encouraged to vacuum regularly. Utilizing an air purifier with a HEPA filter can also be beneficial at home.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter capable of removing pet dander from up to 900 square feet of space. The air purifier can eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size to make it easier to breathe.

  • More allergy-sufferers exhibiting signs of conjunctivitis

    Many people suffer from sniffling and sneezing during allergy season, but eye infections are not uncommon during this time of year. Experts say that failing to properly diagnose an eye infection can result in months of discomfort, according to WBAL-TV.

    "This is the worst allergy season in years," Sandra Belmont, an ophthalmologist and clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at the New York University School of Medicine, told the news source. "One in three of my patients has allergic conjunctivitis."

    Leaving this condition untreated can result in a viral infection over time, which is why more physicians are encouraging people to seek medical attention for their allergies. The ailment can be treated fairly simply through medication.

    To remove allergens from your living space, consider purchasing an air purifier. A HEPA filter can remove irritants from a home and make it easier to breathe.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to eliminate ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from living spaces with its HyperHEPA filter. Dust, pollen and mold spores can all be removed from a room with the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This can be especially beneficial for individuals with allergies and respiratory ailments.

  • Ragweed allergies beginning to affect more Americans

    Many people who have been suffering from seasonal allergies might find comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

    Research conducted by Quest Diagnostics has found that allergies are increasing among Americans, according to InForum. The study, which examined approximately 2 million people, is one of the largest to look into how allergies are continuing to evolve.

    Research shows that ragweed season grew between 1995 and 2009. Individuals who live in the mountain states and Southwest region of the country are more likely to show symptoms of ragweed allergies.

    More than 53 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 17 who were examined showed sensitivity to one or more allergens as well.

    Individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies are advised to avoid going outdoors during the early morning hours when the pollen count is at its highest. Showering after outdoor activities can also prevent allergens from making their way indoors.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can help allergy-sufferers as well. Its HyperHEPA filter can trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size, ranging from pet dander to pollen. The IQAir HealthPro Plus can cover up to 900 square feet, making it easier for people with allergies to breathe.

  • Hyatt hotels begin offering allergen-free rooms to guests

    A number of household surfaces are known to attract and trap allergens, but beds are commonly overlooked as one of the most potentially irritating accommodations in a room. Everything from pillow cases to blankets can catch skin particles and dust, making them an annoyance to allergy-sufferers.

    Recently, the Hyatt hotel chain announced that it will begin doing its part to help allergy patients when visiting their facilities, according to ABC Action News. The company is now developing rooms specifically for allergy-sufferers who require clean air to breathe easier. Furnishings are chemically treated to prevent allergens from sticking to surfaces, such as beds and tables. Air purifiers are included in the rooms to keep particles from irritating guests with allergies.

    Similarly, air purifiers can have a positive effect on individuals who want to keep their homes allergen-free as well.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size that cause allergy attacks. Dust, cigarette smoke and pollen can all be removed from up to 900 square feet of space. The IQAir HealthPro Plus can be especially helpful for individuals who live with asthma as well.

  • Vacuums, dehumidifiers can remove allergens from living spaces

    Allergy season is inevitable, but suffering symptoms does not have to be an exhausting process. There are a number of ways that allergy patients can cope with Mother Nature by taking a few preventative measures in their own homes.

    According to Fox News, a dehumidifier is a must for individuals who suffer from allergy attacks on a regular basis. This device can remove moisture from the air, which often traps irritating particles in living spaces. Pollen, mold spores and pet dander are likely to linger in a humid atmosphere.

    Experts say that vacuums are also another must-have for people with seasonal allergies. Many models on the market come equipped with HEPA filters that are designed to remove allergens from carpets and furniture, which can trap small particles over time.

    Finally, an air purifier is a good solution for individuals with allergies or other respiratory conditions. These devices are designed to remove everything from pollen to dust from the air to make it easier to breathe.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus can be especially helpful with its HyperHEPA filter, which can trap ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. It can remove irritants from up to 900 square feet of space.

  • Dry weather causing pollen to linger for longer

    People have already been suffering from spring allergies for months, but experts say there is little relief in sight - that is, until it rains a bit more. The dry weather across many regions of the country has allowed pollen and other allergens to stick, according to The Tribune in San Luis, California. Although it has helped some residents with their work, it has caused nothing but sneezing and misery for others.

    "The ranchers and cows are very pleased with the amount of forage that the rains have produced, but unfortunately as the grasses dry and the wind blows, allergens spread and it can be quite uncomfortable," Sally Krenn, terrestrial biologist, told the news source.

    There are a number of ways individuals can reduce sniffling and sneezing in their own homes. Keeping windows closed during windy days can prevent pollen and mold spores from entering the house. Air purifiers can also remove any irritants from the living space to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus has a HyperHEPA filter that can be beneficial for individuals with allergies and respiratory conditions such as asthma. It can remove ultrafine particles from up to 900 square feet of space and make it wholly easier to breathe.

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