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  • 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. 

  • Women are more likely to develop asthma, allergies

    No one wants to deal with asthma and allergies, but many individuals are left to battle with these health issues throughout the year. Of these people, more may be women - at least according to recent research. A presentation given at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology highlighted the fact that adult females are at a higher risk for developing asthma and allergies than their male counterparts. 

    Although certain health problems are more prevalent in younger males, as people enter adulthood, the number of women who suffer from these issues grows and they become more susceptible to the medical troubles. 

    "More prepubescent males have rhinitis, asthma and food allergy than females," said Dr. Renata Engler, one of the presenters of the research. "However, roles change. When females enter young adulthood, they outnumber men in these chronic illness categories." 

    Both men and women can benefit from investing in medical-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device is ideal for clearing the air of many irritants that may otherwise trigger respiratory or health problems. 

  • Women are more likely to develop asthma, allergies

    No one wants to deal with asthma and allergies, but many individuals are left to battle with these health issues throughout the year. Of these people, more may be women - at least according to recent research. A presentation given at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology highlighted the fact that adult females are at a higher risk for developing asthma and allergies than their male counterparts. 

    Although certain health problems are more prevalent in younger males, as people enter adulthood, the number of women who suffer from these issues grows and they become more susceptible to the medical troubles. 

    "More prepubescent males have rhinitis, asthma and food allergy than females," said Dr. Renata Engler, one of the presenters of the research. "However, roles change. When females enter young adulthood, they outnumber men in these chronic illness categories." 

    Both men and women can benefit from investing in medical-grade home air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus. This device is ideal for clearing the air of many irritants that may otherwise trigger respiratory or health problems. 

  • 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.

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