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  • 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. 

  • Allergy season has already arrived

    People all across the U.S. have spent the past several months dealing with frigid temperatures, heavy snow drifts and all-around miserable weather. Despite the fact that these winter staples are fresh in the minds of many, spring is just around the corner, and with its arrival will come allergy season. 

    New research from the Montefiore Medical Center found that, even with this past winter being one of the coldest in recent history, allergy season has already started. The beginning of the first pollen season means certain trees are beginning to pollinate, and that leads to allergens are circulating at a high rate. 

    "Even with snow still on the ground, trees have started budding and are the first to produce pollen, creating major problems for people with allergies," said Dr. David Rosenstreich, director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Montefiore Medical Center. "The symptoms people experience often resemble a common cold, but, if it happens every year at this time, it's most likely allergies." 

    As allergy season inches closer, individuals with these health problems will want to make sure they are ready to handle anything. That's where home air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus come into play, as these medical-grade devices can dramatically improve an indoor space. 

  • Research shows allergies are everywhere

    A common thought among the general public is that living in certain areas of the world will result in the development of allergies. People regularly flock to the dry air of places like the Southwest region to ease respiratory problems, and while this lifestyle change may be beneficial for some, it does not necessarily mean individuals can run from allergies. 

    New research from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that allergy prevalence remains relatively stable across the country. In fact, the only major difference that arises based on geography is what the individual becomes allergic too, as that tends to vary based on the region. 

    "Before this study, if you would have asked 10 allergy specialists if allergy prevalence varied depending on where people live, all 10 of them would have said yes, because allergen exposures tend to be more common in certain regions of the U.S.," said Dr. Darryl Zeldin of the NIEHS. "This study suggests that people prone to developing allergies are going to develop an allergy to whatever is in their environment." 

    Because allergies may affect any individual, investing in the right devices to improve an indoor space may be a smart choice. Air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of many allergens and irritants, helping people with allergies breathe easier in their homes. 

  • Study finds September is the worst month for asthma

    Individuals with asthma may find themselves encountering trouble during any time of the year. Whether it is because of the pollen in the air during spring, the intense outdoor activities done in the summer or the falling leaves of autumn, these people have a lot to keep in mind as they strive to keep their respiratory health in top shape. 

    A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that September is the month with the highest incidence of asthma in children. According to HealthDay, the number of flare ups were twice as high in this month as they were in August. 

    Much of this may be associated with the move back to school, as kids must adjust to entirely new environment and its irritants. This, combined with the suddenly cooler weather and lots of time spent outdoors, may contribute to the severity of asthma in children. 

    While September may be the worst month for asthma patients, the rest of the year is not exactly stress-free either. To prepare for these seasons, many invest in medical-grade air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of many allergens and irritants that otherwise aggravate asthma. 

  • Study finds September is the worst month for asthma

    Individuals with asthma may find themselves encountering trouble during any time of the year. Whether it is because of the pollen in the air during spring, the intense outdoor activities done in the summer or the falling leaves of autumn, these people have a lot to keep in mind as they strive to keep their respiratory health in top shape. 

    A recent study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that September is the month with the highest incidence of asthma in children. According to HealthDay, the number of flare ups were twice as high in this month as they were in August. 

    Much of this may be associated with the move back to school, as kids must adjust to entirely new environment and its irritants. This, combined with the suddenly cooler weather and lots of time spent outdoors, may contribute to the severity of asthma in children. 

    While September may be the worst month for asthma patients, the rest of the year is not exactly stress-free either. To prepare for these seasons, many invest in medical-grade air purifiers such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of many allergens and irritants that otherwise aggravate asthma. 

  • Asthma could be tied to sleeping problems, study shows

    Breathing problems, whether due to asthma, allergies or even a common cold, can wreak havoc on sleep patterns. Unfortunately, recent research has found that medications intended to improve these conditions may also lead to trouble getting a full night's sleep. 

    According to a recent study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, common asthma medications may raise the risk of sleep apnea in patients, HealthDay News reported. Sleep apnea, a condition characterized by periodic lapses of breathing during sleep, can lead to a range of other health issues, including hypertension, stroke and heart problems. 

    Health Newsline reported that the small study found that medications may make the throat and tongue more "floppy," which in turn leads to the blocking of the airway when laying down. The culprit appears to be inhaled corticosteroids, such as those present in an inhaler. 

    For some individuals with asthma, formal medications are the only way to find relief. However, others who are concerned with respiratory issues may be able to breathe easier with the help of medical-grade home air purifiers. Devices such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus can aid by clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens that frequently cause problems. 

  • Asthma patients may be overmedicating, study shows

    People with asthma often need medications, inhalers and other treatments to make it through the day. According to Science World Report, a recent study found that many of these medications may actually be harming individuals.

    Overusing these treatments can lead to dependence on inhalers, and it may also weaken bones or cause other health risks, the news source reported. Related health problems could include cataracts and negative effects on blood pressure. It may also drive up personal costs for patients. 

    "We need to find a way to help patients control their asthma, without overmedicating them," said Dr. John Mastronarde, the director of the Asthma Center at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, as quoted by Live Science. "...  Once you get the symptoms under control, sometimes both the patient and the doctor just leave the patient on whatever they are on, because they don't want it to get worse again." 

    While many individuals need medications to treat asthma, some may find that home air purifiers, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, make a significant difference indoors. The medical-grade devices can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier to breathe in a space without aggravating respiratory issues. 

  • Asthma patients may be overmedicating, study shows

    People with asthma often need medications, inhalers and other treatments to make it through the day. According to Science World Report, a recent study found that many of these medications may actually be harming individuals.

    Overusing these treatments can lead to dependence on inhalers, and it may also weaken bones or cause other health risks, the news source reported. Related health problems could include cataracts and negative effects on blood pressure. It may also drive up personal costs for patients. 

    "We need to find a way to help patients control their asthma, without overmedicating them," said Dr. John Mastronarde, the director of the Asthma Center at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center, as quoted by Live Science. "...  Once you get the symptoms under control, sometimes both the patient and the doctor just leave the patient on whatever they are on, because they don't want it to get worse again." 

    While many individuals need medications to treat asthma, some may find that home air purifiers, such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus, make a significant difference indoors. The medical-grade devices can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, making it easier to breathe in a space without aggravating respiratory issues. 

  • Weather patterns may lead to early allergy season

    Most people with allergies dread the period of spring when the temperature begins warming up, as it leads to bunches of pollen and other allergens floating through the air. While this is largely unavoidable, it is also predictable, as those diagnosed with allergies know what to expect when they step outdoors. However, the strange weather patterns that have been present this winter may be bringing the allergies around earlier in the year. 

    According to WTOP News, the up-and-down weather experienced by much of the country may cause some plants to begin pollinating early. Because the polar vortex brought freezing temperatures to the bulk of the U.S., including areas that don't typically get that cold, plants may have already had the necessary chilling period. Once the weather begins improving, these plants may start producing pollen. 

    Although the bulk of the worst allergy days may still be slated for later in the spring, individuals with allergies should be aware of the challenges they face when they step outside. 

    Individuals who want to prepare for the threat of allergies should consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants, which will make it easier to breathe indoors. 

  • Weather patterns may lead to early allergy season

    Most people with allergies dread the period of spring when the temperature begins warming up, as it leads to bunches of pollen and other allergens floating through the air. While this is largely unavoidable, it is also predictable, as those diagnosed with allergies know what to expect when they step outdoors. However, the strange weather patterns that have been present this winter may be bringing the allergies around earlier in the year. 

    According to WTOP News, the up-and-down weather experienced by much of the country may cause some plants to begin pollinating early. Because the polar vortex brought freezing temperatures to the bulk of the U.S., including areas that don't typically get that cold, plants may have already had the necessary chilling period. Once the weather begins improving, these plants may start producing pollen. 

    Although the bulk of the worst allergy days may still be slated for later in the spring, individuals with allergies should be aware of the challenges they face when they step outside. 

    Individuals who want to prepare for the threat of allergies should consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of a wide variety of allergens and irritants, which will make it easier to breathe indoors. 

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