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  • Cleaning practice can reduce winter allergies

    As the holiday season comes to an end, many people across the country are breathing a sigh of relief. With hectic cleaning sprees and family gatherings in the rearview mirror, these individuals are ready to relax. However, that can be incredibly tough to do when dealing with winter allergies. 

    Despite the fact that the holidays are nearly over, individuals shouldn't let up when it comes to cleaning a home. Pay attention to any seasonal decorations or hidden spaces around a residence, as they may be prime places for mold growth or other allergens. 

    Similarly, people around the country need to make sure they are cleaning air vents and home heating devices. With the windows closed and the heat turned on, ventilation systems may be circulating dust and other allergens around a space, making it difficult to capture and remove them. 

    For maximum protection against winter allergies, consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier such as the IQAir HealthPro Plus. The device is capable of clearing the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing individuals to breathe easier indoors at any time of year. 

  • Know how to handle winter allergies

    Spring cleaning is a familiar concept, but few people know about the importance of cleaning house in the winter months. In actuality, this season can wreak havoc on individuals with allergies. While investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can go a long way toward making a home a more comfortable, livable space, there are a few other strategies that can help people with allergies when temperatures drop. 

    "During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes - any of which can make their lives miserable," said Dr. William Reisacher of the Allergy Center at New York - Presbyterian Hospital. 

    Turning on an exhaust fan when cooking or showering is key, as it can remove excess humidity from a home and prevent mold spores from growing. Additionally, individuals should conduct regular checks of a space to see if there are any visible signs of mold or spots that are susceptible to the growth. 

    It is a good idea to keep at least one room in a home an allergen-free zone. For many, this is the bedroom, and it should be free of pets, plants and dust-collecting pieces of furniture. This room needs regular cleanings as well, and it is important to wash sheets, pajamas and bed liners in hot water to remove any dust mites. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

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