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  • Allergy symptoms commonly confused with sinus infections

    Many people are quick to shrug off sneezing and itchy eyes as signs of an allergic reaction, but research suggests that a majority of individuals often mistake the condition with sinus infections.

    A survey conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) found that out of 621 participants, only 36 percent of allergy sufferers consult a physician for their symptoms. As a result, more people suffer from sinus infections than necessary, according to WebMD.

    "If you have allergy-like symptoms that last longer than 12 weeks, or symptoms that occur more than three times per year, with symptoms usually lasting more than 20 days despite treatment attempts, you may have chronic sinusitis," Mike Tringale, vice president of external affairs at the AAFA, said in a news release.

    Individuals who suffer from allergies throughout the year may want to consider using an air purifier to remove contaminants from their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus contains a HyperHEPA filter that can help allergy sufferers remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size. This includes irritants such as pollen, cigarette smoke and pet dander.

  • Immunologist claims to be working on allergy vaccination

    Many people receive allergy shots to help them combat seasonal symptoms, but one immunologist in Canada is working to create a vaccine to get rid of the issue altogether.

    Recently, Mark Larche from McMaster University announced that he is working on developing the "next generation allergy shot" to get rid of allergic reactions once and for all, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    "Allergy shots work," Dr. Andrew Saxon, an immunologist at the University of California Los Angeles, told the news source. "The overarching problem is they're dangerous, [not to mention] expensive and slow."

    The vaccines are currently aimed at eliminating ragweed allergies, which affect up to 20 percent of Americans. Cat allergies are also being targeted, which approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population copes with year-round.

    Individuals with allergies may want to consider an air purifier to find relief. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one device that can remove particles ranging from pollen to pet dander from the air.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to remove irritants from within 900 square feet using its HyperHEPA filter. This can be beneficial for allergy sufferers and individuals with respiratory conditions as well.

  • Seasonal allergies may increase risk of depression

    It's a known fact that seasonal allergies can have adverse physical effects on those who suffer from them, but new research suggests that the condition may affect mood as well.

    Data compiled by Teodor Postolache from the University of Maryland in 2008 showed that allergies put patients at an increased risk of developing depression, according to the Winter Park Observer. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation says that one in five Americans suffer from an allergic reaction to spores.

    Chronic illness, such as allergies, can wear down individuals emotionally over time. Although the treatment of symptoms through medications can help, taking proactive measures to remove irritants from the air can be beneficial as well.

    Air purifiers are one way that allergy sufferers can get rid of mold spores and pollen from their living spaces.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier can remove ultrafine particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size from the atmosphere. This includes dust, pollen and pet dander that can cause irritation. Its HyperHEPA filter can clear up to 900 square feet of space, making it ideal for households with numerous seasonal allergy sufferers.

  • New research shows that allergies may cause difficulty sleeping

    Allergies may not only cause you misery while you're awake, but often as you attempt to hit the hay as well.

    Recently, Teva Respiratory released the results of the 2010 Nasal Allergy Survey Assessing Limitations, which showed that allergic rhinitis is directly linked to sleep complications. Symptoms, such as post-nasal drip and repeated sneezing, can significantly reduce an individual's ability to get a good night's rest.

    "The negative impact that allergic rhinitis symptoms can have on a patient's quality of sleep is considerable, as it not only affects them physically, but also emotionally," said Gary Gross, a doctor with the Allergy and Asthma Center in Dallas, Texas.

    Individuals who suffer from respiratory conditions and allergies may want to consider placing an air purifier in their sleeping space. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one product that can get rid of irritants within 900 square feet.

    The air purifier also contains a HyperHEPA filter, which can catch everything from dust to pollen. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is designed to trap particles smaller than 0.3 microns in size for optimum breathing conditions.

  • Sacramento residents suffering from strong winds, allergies

    Many people across the country are already suffering from allergies, and in Sacramento, the situation is no different. Recently, gusty winds hit the California capital, spreading around pollen that had already fallen from the trees. As a result, more people are sniffling and sneezing with no relief in sight, according to the Sacramento Bee.

    "I thought we were going to get totally annihilated," local allergist Bradley Chipps told the news source. "This year's not quite as frenetic as I thought, but there's still the possibility it could get worse."

    Although medication can be used to treat allergies, some patients have to resort to monthly shots to control their symptoms.

    Individuals who are looking for a natural way to relieve their allergies indoors may want to consider purchasing an air purifier with a HEPA filter. This device can remove allergens from the air.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier may be especially helpful for those who are seeking relief from particles, such as pollen, dust and mold. Its HyperHEPA filter is designed to trap allergens less than 0.3 microns in size.

  • Flooding can aggravate allergy symptoms

    Those who have recently experienced heavy rain or flooding may have other pressing needs on their minds - such as repairing any damage - but excess water isn't the only thing that may be a cause of concern. Standing water may lead to mold proliferation, which can aggravate allergy symptoms for some and create respiratory problems for others.

    "One of the biggest issues homeowners will face is what to do about flooded carpeting," allergist James L. Sublett, chair of the indoor environments committee for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) told Sublett recommends removing the carpets to let them dry immediately and to check the underlying boards for any water damage.

    For a topline defense against any potential mold should it arise, homeowners should consider purchasing an air purifying system.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is widely trusted among consumers for its combination of four advanced filtration stages. Thanks to its HyperHEPA filter stage, the HealthPro Plus is capable of removing particles as small as .03 microns in size, 10 times the capability of standard HEPA models.

  • Rugs, not carpets, are the word for allergy-sufferers

    Those with allergies have likely been long-accustomed to finding effective strategies for reducing their symptoms, but it's important to keep in mind that the flooring of one's abode can have a large impact on the intensity of the symptoms experienced.

    If you suffer from heavy allergy symptoms, avoid living in a house or apartment that has wall-to-wall carpeting. Area rugs are a much better option, as they can be removed to be washed, leaving the existing floor free to be cleaned of any dust or particles that may have gotten trapped beneath it.

    As an additional measure, allergy-sufferers should consider investing in a high-quality air purifying system.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the industry's top-rated, best-selling brands. With four levels of advanced filtration, the HealthPro Plus is an effective means of tackling a range of airborne contaminants, including mold, pollen, dust, dust mites, pet dander, gases, smoke, odors and more. Thanks to its advanced HyperHEPA filter, the HealthPro Plus can filter particles as small as .03 microns in size, 10 times the capability of standard HEPA models.

  • What to do when your pet starts shedding

    Spring might mean a lot of things for your pet, including longer, pleasant walks, an increased bout of energy and, unfortunately for you, a higher rate of shedding.

    As your pet begins to shed its winter coat, you'll need to equip yourself with a topline defense to not only rid your indoor environment of allergy-inducing dander, but to ensure you're breathing the freshest air possible as you head into spring and summer.

    Fresh Air Pro carries the industry's best air purifiers, including the top-rated, best-selling IQAir HealthPro Plus.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is a topline defense against a range of household contaminants for allergy-sufferers, those with multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and health-conscious individuals. It combines four advanced filtration technologies to effectively tackle dust, dust mites, pollen, mold, pet dander, gases, smoke, odors and more, including its HyperHEPA filter stage, which employs the most advanced filter of its kind. The HyperHEPA filter is capable of filtering particles as small as .03 microns in size, 10 times the capability of standard HEPA models.

  • Allergies may prove to be genetic in many families

    Although the direct cause of allergies is not known, many researchers have determined that there may be a biological link between children and their parents. For three-year-old Jake Wolfe from Indianapolis, this could be bad news, according to the Indianapolis Star.

    Both of his parents, Eric and Lisa Wolfe, suffer from nearly 100 percent of seasonal allergies. The family is not alone - between 10 to 30 percent of adults suffer from hay fever. Approximately 40 percent of kids have the same allergic condition.

    "This year has been worse because of the extreme change in temperatures," Lisa Wolfe told the news source.

    Households who suffer from allergies, similar to the Wolfe family, can benefit from purchasing an air purifier. These devices remove particles from the air that can cause allergic reactions.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus is one of the most beneficial air purifiers on the market. The product has a HyperHEPA filter that can trap unseen particles, such as pollen, dust and mold spores. The IQAir HealthPro Plus is also ideal for homeowners who suffer from allergic reactions due to pet dander and cigarette smoke.

  • More allergy sufferers turning to shots for relief

    For some allergy sufferers, reactions are more severe than others. Aside from the occasional runny nose, many individuals are forced to endure itchy eyes and labored breathing during the allergy season. Pollen can be an ongoing burden for those with sensitivity to these airborne irritants, but allergy shots are offering relief for many, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Michelle Jason is one woman who carried nasal sinus spray everywhere with her and took three pills a day to control her allergies. Since enduring years of allergy shots, she told the Tribune that it has been worth the pain to enjoy the great outdoors.

    Those who want to avoid needles and control their seasonal allergies still have other options, such as air purifiers. With the right device, individuals can reduce their allergic reactions and make it easier to breathe indoors.

    The IQAir HealthPro Plus air purifier is ideal for allergy sufferers of all ages. The device can cover up to 900 square feet and quickly remove allergens from the air. Its HyperHEPA filter is ideal for trapping pollen and other small particles that may cause seasonal watery eyes and runny noses.

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