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  • Household pets may impact asthma in many ways

    Individual who contend with asthma or similar respiratory conditions are typically used to making lifestyle changes that accommodate the medical issue. Whether this is altering an exercise routine or investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, these people are familiar with the difficulties associated with asthma. 

    However, one recent study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found that there may be a surprising factor that protects against asthma and similar infections. Research showed that children who group in households with dogs are less likely to develop asthma and allergies, as exposure to the animals alters the immune system. 

    Household pets are just one of the many environmental factors that may have an impact on the development of asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues. Growing up with a dog in the home may be helpful for young children, but older individuals who have already been diagnosed with asthma have fewer avenues to consider. That is why options like HEPA air purifiers are so popular. They can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens, providing relief for those who need it most. 

  • Researchers focus on new ways to treat asthma

    There are many factors that go into diagnosing and treating asthma. For example, one recent study examined the role that obesity plays with the condition, as patients with obesity are more likely to respond poorly to traditional asthma medications. The research, which was conducted at Boston's Children Hospital, emphasized the idea that obese individuals may need alternate or nontraditional asthma treatments. 

    "Since it's been a puzzle to understand why obesity predisposes people to asthma, our goal was to find the connection between these two problems, which occur in both children and adults, and to explore possible new treatments," said Dr. Dale Umetsu, one of the leads of the study. 

    The study found that obesity altered an individual's immune system, affecting the way in which it responded to medical treatments. Inflammation of the lungs was a common symptom, and this was often resistant to common asthma medications, leaving patients struggling to find relief. While more research needs to be done to determine the best course of action, this was a step in the right direction to identify an area of need. 

    Anyone suffering from asthma, regardless of the secondary factors, may benefit from investing in devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade home air purifier is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants that may aggravate asthma or similar respiratory problems. 

  • Researchers focus on new ways to treat asthma

    There are many factors that go into diagnosing and treating asthma. For example, one recent study examined the role that obesity plays with the condition, as patients with obesity are more likely to respond poorly to traditional asthma medications. The research, which was conducted at Boston's Children Hospital, emphasized the idea that obese individuals may need alternate or nontraditional asthma treatments. 

    "Since it's been a puzzle to understand why obesity predisposes people to asthma, our goal was to find the connection between these two problems, which occur in both children and adults, and to explore possible new treatments," said Dr. Dale Umetsu, one of the leads of the study. 

    The study found that obesity altered an individual's immune system, affecting the way in which it responded to medical treatments. Inflammation of the lungs was a common symptom, and this was often resistant to common asthma medications, leaving patients struggling to find relief. While more research needs to be done to determine the best course of action, this was a step in the right direction to identify an area of need. 

    Anyone suffering from asthma, regardless of the secondary factors, may benefit from investing in devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade home air purifier is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants that may aggravate asthma or similar respiratory problems. 

  • Climate change may make allergies worse

    People who have to put up with mold allergies already have a lot to deal with. The fungus can sneak up on unsuspecting individuals, growing in hidden areas at rapid rates and affecting many people with allergies. That's not all individuals need to worry about, however. Recent research found that climate change is making mold allergies worse, as it increases the presence of the allergenic protein within mold, which may wreak havoc on those with allergies. 

    According to Live Science, high levels of carbon dioxide can accelerate the growth of mold spores. The mold grown with the current amount of the gas features more than eight times as much of the allergenic protein as it did in the pre-industrial days. Should climate change continue and carbon dioxide levels rise, the presence of the allergens could become even greater, causing more problems for individuals. 

    To prepare for tougher mold allergies, those who deal with the condition should consider medical-grade devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. These home air purifiers can clear the air of many allergens and irritants that disrupt daily life, making it easier to complete responsibilities and enjoy their personal space. 

  • Avoid symptoms from pet allergies

    Allergies may not be enough to convince animal lovers to say goodbye to their dogs or cats, but they can still have a significant impact on their day-to-day lives. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of the general population and 40 percent of allergic individuals have some kind of reaction to animals. Despite the large number of people who are allergic to these animals - and more specifically, to their dander - about half of all homes in the U.S. have a dog or cat living indoors, according to National Allergy. 

    Because those who are allergic to pets have a reaction to the dander, steps must be taken to reduce exposure to these irritants. Vacuuming regularly and avoiding the use of furnishings like cloth curtains or carpets to prevent build up of dander is just the beginning.

    One investment that could have major benefits is the purchase of an air cleaner purifier. Devices like the high-end IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of many irritants and allergens, resulting in an environment where it is easier to breathe. They could also help eliminate many of the symptoms of pet allergies, which include sneezing and congestion, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, wheezing and rashes. 

  • Avoid symptoms from pet allergies

    Allergies may not be enough to convince animal lovers to say goodbye to their dogs or cats, but they can still have a significant impact on their day-to-day lives. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, as much as 10 percent of the general population and 40 percent of allergic individuals have some kind of reaction to animals. Despite the large number of people who are allergic to these animals - and more specifically, to their dander - about half of all homes in the U.S. have a dog or cat living indoors, according to National Allergy. 

    Because those who are allergic to pets have a reaction to the dander, steps must be taken to reduce exposure to these irritants. Vacuuming regularly and avoiding the use of furnishings like cloth curtains or carpets to prevent build up of dander is just the beginning.

    One investment that could have major benefits is the purchase of an air cleaner purifier. Devices like the high-end IQAir HealthPro Plus can clear the air of many irritants and allergens, resulting in an environment where it is easier to breathe. They could also help eliminate many of the symptoms of pet allergies, which include sneezing and congestion, itchy or watery eyes, coughing, wheezing and rashes. 

  • Allergies may migraines worse, study shows

    On the outside, it may seem like migraines and allergies are two unrelated, yet equally annoying, issues. However, a recent study from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center found that people who suffer from allergies could have worse headache symptoms, especially for those individuals who experience migraines. 

    The research, which was published in the journal Cephalagia, showed that headache frequency was 33 percent greater in people who had allergies and migraines, compared to just migraines. Those individuals who had allergies triggered by pet dander, pollen or other airborne irritants suffered the worst. They were 45 percent more likely to experience frequent headaches and 60 percent more likely to have debilitating headaches. 

    "We are not sure whether the rhinitis causes the increased frequency of headaches or whether the migraine attacks themselves produce symptoms of rhinitis in these patients," said Dr. Vincent Martin, the lead author of the study. "What we can say is if you have these symptoms, you are more likely to have more frequent and disabling headaches." 

    People who want to keep their allergy symptoms in check should look into purchasing a professional-grade home air purifier. Devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus efficiently clear the air of a wide variety of irritants and allergens, which can make it easier to breathe and live in a space. 

  • Allergies linked to certain cancers in women

    Many people consider airborne allergies to be little more than annoyances. Whether individuals are allergic to pollen, dust or some other type of airborne irritants, they often are able to manage their reactions and continue on with their lives without interruptions. However, a recent study shows a history of airborne allergies in women may be linked to an increased risk of blood cancer. 

    The research, published in the American Journal of Hematology, found that the immune system potentially plays a role in the development of cancer in women. Individuals who were allergic to plants, grass and trees were shown to have the strongest link between allergies and the risk of blood cancers. 

    "However, hormonal effects on the immune system and interactions with carcinogens may offer an alternative biological explanation that will require further mechanical studies, in particular if our findings are replicated in an independent study cohort," said the study authors. 

    Individuals who want to manage their allergies can turn to devices like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This medical-grade air filter is able to clear the air of many common irritants, allowing an individual to live and breathe easier in the home. 

  • Pet allergies don't deter owners

    A pet can be a beloved member of the family, but many individuals have to deal with allergies that can throw a wrench in this togetherness. Although some families choose to get rid of a cat or dog after they find out another member is allergic, an increasing number of people are keeping their pets and doing their best to manage symptoms. 

    The Wall Street Journal reported that more than two-thirds of American households have a cat or a dog, despite the prevalence of pet allergies. About 10 percent of people are sensitive to cats and another 10 percent are allergic to dogs, according to data from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 

    While some may think that hypoallergenic animals are a happy medium, these breeds still produce allergens. Today.com reported the common myth that certain types of pets are more tolerable than others is false. Instead, individuals likely have a greater tolerance for some breeds, and they may even have built this up with prolonged exposure to an animal. 

    Dealing with allergies - whether related to pets or not - can be extremely difficult. That's why so many individuals invest in medical-grade options like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This air cleaner purifier is designed to clear the air of irritating toxins and allergens that could cause symptoms to occur. 

  • Watch out for allergies at holiday celebrations

    The holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, but for many, it is just another period where they have to worry about asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems. In fact, the family gatherings and festive parties that typically occur during this time of year can wreak havoc on people with asthma or allergies. 

    Traveling to other homes could expose an individual to pet dander or other allergens that would otherwise be ignored. Similarly, taking decorations out of storage or going on massive cleaning sprees around a home could stir up mold spores or similar airborne irritants that could spark reactions. 

    "Allergies can strike at any age in life, with symptoms disappearing and resurfacing years later," said Dr. Leonard Bielory, a fellow at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "Allergies and asthma are serious diseases. Misdiagnoses and inappropriate treatment can be dangerous." 

    To make a home more hospitable to all guests and clear the air of many irritants that could trigger asthma or allergies, consider investing in a medical-grade device. Air filer purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are ideal for helping individuals breathe easier no matter what allergies and respiratory illnesses they suffer from. 

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