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  • Do not mistake winter allergies for colds

    Many people across the U.S. may find themselves suffering from illnesses or strange symptoms throughout the winter. Although most of these individuals will likely attribute things like itchy eyes, sneezing and congestion to the common cold, which runs rampant during the colder months, they could actually be suffering from winter allergies. 

    According to ABC News, allergies and colds share several symptoms, and it is easy to mistake one for the other. Both are often characterized by sneezing, as well as runny or stuffy noses. However, allergies will typically cause an individual to have itchy eyes and should not lead to things like a fever or general aches and pains. Those symptoms are indicative of a cold or flu, the news source reported. 

    Although there is no way to bypass winter allergies altogether, individuals can take steps to improve their comfort in their own homes. An easy way to do this is by investing in a professional-grade home air purifier. Models like the IQAir HealthPro Plus are capable of reducing the amount of irritants in the air, helping those suffering from allergies breathe easier when indoors. 

  • Sleep better to improve allergies and health

    Individuals who have invested in home air purifiers can reap the benefits of breathing cleaner air. For many, that often results in better sleep quality, as they are able to rest without worrying about irritants and other disruptions. Getting the right amount of rest is important for more than just productivity and mood, however.

    A recent study conducted by the University of Helsinki found that insufficient sleep increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Those who don't get adequate sleep often have mechanisms within their immune system falter, causing an inflammatory response in the body that can result in diseases. 

    "These results corroborate the idea that sleep does not only impact brain function, but also interactions with our immune system and metabolism," said researcher Vilma Aho. "... Some of these changes appear to be long-term and may contribute to the development of diseases that have been linked to sleep deprivation." 

    Because sleep is so important for a healthy lifestyle, individuals should be doing everything they can to improve their nightly habits. Purchasing a high-end purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus is a wise investment, as it can rid many of the allergens that irritate individuals in the home. 

  • Winter may not provide allergy relief

    Many people who are plagued by allergies welcome the arrival of winter. Although colder temperatures may cause some discomfort, it is a small price to pay to find relief from itchy, watery eyes, congestion and other annoyances. 

    However, those who look forward to winter for a break from allergies may have to deal with some unforeseen issues during this upcoming season. A wet summer - filled with both rain and humidity - may have contributed to mold buildup in homes around the country. In many cases, it is difficult to find these growths, which can often leave them alone to grow and infiltrate a home. 

    "If you have an allergy that never ends when the seasons change, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi," the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote on its website. "Mold lives everywhere, and disturbing a mold source can disperse the spores into the air. Inhaling the spores causes allergic reactions in some people." 

    To breathe easier at all times of the year, consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, creating a more comfortable indoor environment. 

  • Winter may not provide allergy relief

    Many people who are plagued by allergies welcome the arrival of winter. Although colder temperatures may cause some discomfort, it is a small price to pay to find relief from itchy, watery eyes, congestion and other annoyances. 

    However, those who look forward to winter for a break from allergies may have to deal with some unforeseen issues during this upcoming season. A wet summer - filled with both rain and humidity - may have contributed to mold buildup in homes around the country. In many cases, it is difficult to find these growths, which can often leave them alone to grow and infiltrate a home. 

    "If you have an allergy that never ends when the seasons change, you may be allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi," the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote on its website. "Mold lives everywhere, and disturbing a mold source can disperse the spores into the air. Inhaling the spores causes allergic reactions in some people." 

    To breathe easier at all times of the year, consider investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, creating a more comfortable indoor environment. 

  • Be aware of allergies in the fall

    Fall can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also be extremely aggravating for those who have allergies. Ragweed, mold spores and other irritants often fill the air as the months begin to cool down, and although individuals often want to open windows and spend time enjoying the crisp autumn environment, they are forced to deal with annoying allergies that disrupt their lives. 

    The Los Angeles Times reported that pollen is one of the most common airborne irritants prevalent in the fall. About 20 percent of Americans are allergic to pollen, meaning that a considerable portion of the population must try to find ways around their sensitivities. However, these individuals often have to rearrange their lives to avoid harmful situations. 

    For example, people who have sensitivities to mold may want to be careful when raking and bagging leaves outdoors, as this action can stir up mold spores. 

    Those who are concerned about allergies and want to do something about it should invest in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This purifier can clear the air of a wide variety of irritants, allowing individuals and their families to breathe easier in their homes.

  • Life in the country may help improve allergies

    Individuals suffering from intense allergies are often willing to go through major changes to relieve pain and annoyances. But are they willing to embrace farm life? A recent study found that the immune system benefits from life in the countryside, and adults who move to farms can reap the positive health benefits of a rural setting. 

    The study, which was conducted at Aarhus University in Denmark and published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, found that living in the countryside may positively affect allergies. Exposure to various allergens, such as grass and pollen, may build up the immune system and reduce sensitivity to the irritants, even in those adults who grew up in different settings. The benefits were once thought to apply only to children who were raised in the country. 

    "We cannot, however, simply recommend that people who suffer from allergies and hypersensitivities move to farms," said postdoctoral researcher Grethe Elholm. "Because they may also suffer from lung diseases such as asthma and would therefore become more ill due to high concentrations of dust and particles found in stables and in agriculture in general." 

    It is not possible or practical for all individuals suffering from allergies to relocate to the countryside, but there are still steps that can be taken to improve personal health and day-to-day living. Investing in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro can clear the air of many irritants and help to relieve allergies. 

  • Kids with asthma, allergies could be more likely to develop ADHD

    Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common problem among adolescents. Approximately 9.5 percent of all children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with the condition, and it's likely this number will grow in the coming years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there are various predictions about what causes a youngster to develop ADHD, a new study found that it could be tied to allergies and asthma.

    Researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology tested this notion by studying a group of boys with and without ADHD. Scientists reviewed the overall health of 884 young men with ADHD and more than 3,500 boys who did not have the disorder. From the data it was discovered that approximately 34 percent of kids with ADHD had asthma, while 35 percent had an allergy - both higher rates than their peers without the condition. 

    The findings, published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, suggest that medication used to curb allergy and asthma side effects could play a role in the development of ADHD, but more research needs to be conducted to verify this assumption. For now, parents can help youngsters with allergies breathe better at home by investing in a professional-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus

  • Fresh baby foods could reduce allergy risks in kids

    It's estimated that more than 15 million Americans have food allergies, while approximately one in 13 children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with at least one food intolerance, Food Allergy Research & Education reports. While these types of allergies can't be fixed by installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, a new study finds that starting kids off on the right foot when it comes to nutrition could reduce the high number of food allergy cases.

    Scientists from the University of Southampton in the U.K. reviewed the dietary habits of 1,140 babies during their first year of life. Parents were asked to fill out a diet log for 12 months, detailing everything their infants consumed each day. Food allergy diagnoses were also disclosed to researchers over the course of the trials.

    The findings, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, discovered that babies who ate a diet full of healthy, often homemade, vegetables, fruits and more were less likely to develop food allergies than their peers who consumed more processed, or pre-made baby food.

    While more research needs to be conducted to verify these results, new parents might want to try going organic or all-natural with their infants' food to keep allergies at bay.

  • Allergy season predicted to be longer, worse for people

    Environmental allergies like ragweed, pollen and grass can leave people with nasty symptoms ranging from runny noses and itchy eyes to soar throats and hives. While none of these side effects are ideal, most people understand that with the help of OTC medication and a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, the frustrating symptoms will be gone before they know it.

    However, what was once a quick allergy season is now growing into a much longer period of time. CBS Chicago reports a slew of different factors have made allergy seasons last longer, and made them worse for those affected.

    "The carbon dioxide makes the greens grow bigger and, the same thing with the weeds," Dr. Joseph Leija, an allergist, told the news outlet. "We can reasonably anticipate that in the future there is going to be a lot more exposure to pollen and that will precipitate more symptoms."

    While this news may be hard to hear, there are plenty of ways those with environmental allergies can survive the season. Staying away from trees, bushes and other shrubs that produce pollen is a must, as is keeping windows closed in the home and investing in nasal sprays or eye drops to curb symptoms.

  • Cure for cat allergies could be on the horizon

    People often become quite attached to their pets, but if a loved one is allergic, going near a cat can lead to issues like sneezing, coughing and itchy eyes. Approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population is allergic to animals, while between 20 and 30 percent of people with asthma deal with allergic reactions to pets, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports.

    While investing in medical-grade air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can reduce symptoms, a more permanent solution could be on the horizon. Researchers from the University of Cambridge recently discovered a single protein, Fel d 1, in cat hair that they believe is responsible for triggering allergic reactions. 

    Fel d 1 is a tiny piece of skin typically found along with dried saliva from when a cat grooms itself, for example. This finding could lead the way for a cure for cat and other animal allergies in the future. Until a cure is found, researchers recommend cat lovers try allergy shots to limit the side effects of allergies. On the same note, cleaning the home regularly and keeping felines out of certain rooms like the bedroom can go a long way in curbing symptoms. 

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