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  • Asthma contributes to bone loss, study shows

    People with asthma have a lot on their plates. Not only do they have to deal with the typical symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing, as well as inhalers, but these individuals also must contend with the side effects of the condition. Among the most prevalent is osteoporosis. 

    One recent study found that adults with certain characteristics of asthma were more likely to have significantly lower bone density than those without the respiratory condition. According to Fox News, the trait in question is called airway hyperresponsiveness, which occurs when the airway and lungs are extra sensitive to particles and irritants. 

    Hyperresponsiveness can lead to an increased number of asthma attacks and general difficulty breathing. While that is enough to be concerned with, patients who exhibit signs of this also need to be aware of the potential for bone loss, which could lead to even more health problems down the line. 

    The good news is devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can act as the ideal complement to any indoor space. This home air purifier can clear the air of many particles and irritants that regularly bother individuals with asthma and similar respiratory conditions, allowing them to relax in their own homes. 

  • Prepare children for spring allergies - not colds

    While the worst of cold season may be over, there's no telling what type of illness may befall children who are running around outside, enjoying the great weather. However, there's a chance that standard spring allergies could be mistaken for colds in kids, preventing them from getting the care and medication they need.

    Investments such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants that would otherwise cause respiratory problems, but parents should be aware of the symptoms that accompany spring allergies. A study from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center noted that there are several discrepancies between the signs of allergies and colds. 

    "Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds, but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference," said Dr. Michelle Lierl, a pediatric allergist. "Children who have springtime or fall allergies have much more itching of their noses; they often have fits of sneezing and usually rub their noses in an upward motion. They also complain about an itchy, scratchy throat or itchy eyes, whereas with a cold, they don't."

    To prevent either of these issues from striking, the report recommends minimizing outdoor activities that take place in the early morning. Pollen counts tend to be higher at this time, which can cause problems for individuals with allergies.

  • Prepare children for spring allergies - not colds

    While the worst of cold season may be over, there's no telling what type of illness may befall children who are running around outside, enjoying the great weather. However, there's a chance that standard spring allergies could be mistaken for colds in kids, preventing them from getting the care and medication they need.

    Investments such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can help clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants that would otherwise cause respiratory problems, but parents should be aware of the symptoms that accompany spring allergies. A study from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center noted that there are several discrepancies between the signs of allergies and colds. 

    "Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds, but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference," said Dr. Michelle Lierl, a pediatric allergist. "Children who have springtime or fall allergies have much more itching of their noses; they often have fits of sneezing and usually rub their noses in an upward motion. They also complain about an itchy, scratchy throat or itchy eyes, whereas with a cold, they don't."

    To prevent either of these issues from striking, the report recommends minimizing outdoor activities that take place in the early morning. Pollen counts tend to be higher at this time, which can cause problems for individuals with allergies.

  • Spring allergies can trigger reactions to food

    With more than 45 million people in the U.S. dealing with at least one allergy, it's no surprise to learn that some individuals suffer from multiple. There may even be some links among those spring and food allergies. 

    According to a report from the Loyola University Health System, many individuals who have spring allergies may also have corresponding food allergies. For example, an individual who is allergic to birch often has a reaction to apples, peaches, carrots and celery. Similarly, those who are allergic to grass may also have a negative reaction to melon, tomatoes or oranges. 

    Even those who do not have preexisting diagnoses may find that harsh spring allergies trigger reactions to other foods. Therefore, it's important for all people to keep an eye on their allergies and do their best to avoid extreme conditions this spring. 

    "You cannot control the weather, but you can control your environment," said Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist who conducts the Gottlieb Allergy Count. "Take your allergy medication and see your allergist before you experience health problems." 

    Another way of controlling the environment is by investing in medical-grade air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of many allergens, helping people feel comfortable in an indoor space. 

  • Spring allergies can trigger reactions to food

    With more than 45 million people in the U.S. dealing with at least one allergy, it's no surprise to learn that some individuals suffer from multiple. There may even be some links among those spring and food allergies. 

    According to a report from the Loyola University Health System, many individuals who have spring allergies may also have corresponding food allergies. For example, an individual who is allergic to birch often has a reaction to apples, peaches, carrots and celery. Similarly, those who are allergic to grass may also have a negative reaction to melon, tomatoes or oranges. 

    Even those who do not have preexisting diagnoses may find that harsh spring allergies trigger reactions to other foods. Therefore, it's important for all people to keep an eye on their allergies and do their best to avoid extreme conditions this spring. 

    "You cannot control the weather, but you can control your environment," said Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist who conducts the Gottlieb Allergy Count. "Take your allergy medication and see your allergist before you experience health problems." 

    Another way of controlling the environment is by investing in medical-grade air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of many allergens, helping people feel comfortable in an indoor space. 

  • Spring allergies can lead to asthma

    The weather is finally beginning to warm up and bring touches of spring to all corners of the U.S. While this is good news for many, others may be concerned about the possibility of spring allergies wreaking havoc on their lifestyles. This is a relatively normal worry for millions, but experts say that these instances of allergies may be causing asthma flare ups in individuals. 

    "Last year, because the pollen counts were so high and the allergy seasons were bad, I had my allergy patients, who've never had asthma symptoms before, get them," Dr. Rachel Szekely of the Cleveland Clinic told KABC News. "So now they have a new diagnosis of asthma." 

    Allergies are a common trigger for asthma, leaving many patients to deal with a whole new realm of respiratory problems. Szekely noted that people with asthma are very sensitive to irritants in the air, and allergy season brings these out in full force. Luckily, individuals can turn to medical-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus for help. This HEPA air purifier clears the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens, making it easier to breathe and find relief during the spring season. 

  • Study shows stress makes allergies worse

    People who have to deal with springtime allergies often become stressed as a result. A recent study from the Ohio State University analyzed the symptoms that 179 patients dealt with over a three-month period, and the findings showed that those who had higher stress had more symptoms. Increased stress levels were tied to more frequent and severe allergy flare-ups. 

    "Stress can cause several negative effects on the body, including causing more symptoms for allergy sufferers," said Dr. Amber Patterson, an allergist. "Our study also found those with more frequent allergy flares also have a greater negative mood, which may be leading to these flares." 

    Patterson also noted that the symptoms of allergies themselves could lead to increased stress. Investing in a medical-grade device such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which is capable of relieving some allergies, can go a long way toward allowing individuals to relax. By clearing the air of many allergens and irritants, these home air purifiers cultivate a more comfortable environment for people. 

    Purchasing air purifiers may provide relief and peace of mind for people with allergies, but there are other options these individuals should explore along with this investment. Meditation, making time for fun and learning how to cope with stress can lead to better management of allergies. 

  • The worst cities for spring allergies

    Now that April has arrived, people all over the U.S. are purchasing their home air purifiers and stocking up on medication to prepare for the harsh allergy season. Although devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can have a major impact on the air quality and allergen level of an indoor space, there are a few cities around the country that are naturally worse for people with allergies. 

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released its list of the worst cities for those with spring allergies. Urban areas were ranked based on pollen counts, the use of allergy medication by residents and the number of allergists making a living in the area. 

    Louisville, Ky., earned the No. 1 spot as the worst city for individuals with allergies this spring. It jumped four slots from last year thanks to above-average pollen counts and too few allergists to deal with all of the patients. It was closely followed by Memphis, Tenn., and Baton Rouge, La., USA Today reported.  

    People living in Los Angeles can celebrate, however. According to CNN, the California city dropped a whopping 39 places to No. 77, which will be a huge relief for many residents with allergies. 

  • Allergy season could be prolonged in 2014

    Allergies can plague people at all times of the year, but they are particularly annoying during the spring season. Unfortunately for people with these afflictions, the 2014 allergy season may be especially irritating, as experts predict that weather patterns may cause some regions of the U.S. to see extreme pollination and the widespread presence of allergens.

    According to AccuWeather, the Northeast and the Southeast will experience tough spring allergies. The tree pollen in these areas is expected to be plentiful, wreaking havoc on the sinuses for some individuals with allergies. Additionally, intermittent rain could only worsen allergies, while heavy constant rains or extremely dry weather would lead to less pollen in the air. 

    People in the Southeast need to be especially careful during allergy season, as the trees in this area tend to produce pollen at a rapid rate in a short amount of time. Conversely, the other sections of the country are a bit slower, but will still have long allergy seasons. 

    Individuals who want to prepare for this prolonged allergy season should invest in medical-grade home air purifiers. Options such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants, providing people with some type of relief in their homes. 

  • More people affected by spring allergies, study shows

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that as many as 30 percent of adults have allergies. More people are forced to deal with spring allergies each year, and their diagnoses are made worse by a variety of environmental factors. 

    A study from the ACAAI found that things such as climate change may be making allergy seasons worse. However, while those factors may exacerbate allergies, the amount of people complaining about their diagnoses might make it seem like they are more prevalent. 

    "While allergies are on the rise, affecting more and more Americans every year, each spring isn't necessarily worse than the last," said Dr. Michael Foggs, president of the ACAAI. "With more people being affected by seasonal allergies, it may seem like every year is the worst yet for sufferers. But in reality, there might just be more people complaining about symptoms." 

    Still, people must be prepared to treat allergies with different methods, as traditional medications alone may not be up to the task. 

    As more people begin to suffer from spring allergies, they will be searching for ways to relieve their symptoms. A great way to find relief is with home air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, which can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that otherwise cause problems. 

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