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  • The prevalence of allergies around the nation

    Most people around the nation have felt the effects of allergies, whether they be environmental or food related. CNN Health analysts recently broke down allergies by the numbers to show just how severe this common problem is. 

    According to the news outlet, in total, one in five Americans has either allergies or asthma, although the types of allergies they have can differ. For example, approximately 7 percent of all people with allergies face skin issues, while 6 percent of people with allergies develop side effects due to consuming certain foods. The majority of allergy patients (80 percent) are inflicted with respiratory problems from asthma or environmental triggers like ragweed.

    The most common food allergies include milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and fish, while skin issues tend to arise from certain fragrances, antibiotics, cosmetics or jewelry materials. Environmental-related allergies typically come from trees, grass and weed pollen, mold spores, dust mites and animal dander, the news outlet found. 

    Not only do these issues cause problems like runny noses, itchy eyes and trouble breathing, they also cost a lot of money to treat. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, treating allergies, including doctors visits and medications, costs Americans a total of nearly $14.5 billion a year. Families can help keep allergy triggers out of the home by investing in professional-grade air purifiers like the IQAir HealthPro Plus

  • Ozone can negatively impact the heart in less than two hours

    Even healthy adults with no history of heart disease are not immune to the effects of ozone. According to a new report in the medical journal "Circulation," volunteers that spent two hours exercising while being exposed to ozone showed unfavorable changes in heart function.

    The changes included a surge in inflammation markers and decreased levels of enzymes that break down blood clots, which indicate a link between air pollution and heart disease. The study exposed 23 young people to air containing 0.3 parts per million of ozone, which is higher than normal levels in American cities yet not uncommon in Beijing or Mexico City.

    Exposure to even reduced levels of ozone can negatively impact heart health. While previous studies have linked the two together, this is the first to numerically track the impact of the pollutant on heart and lung health.

    Homeowners concerned about their exposure to ozone can invest in a home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus Air Purifier. The medical-grade technology can help improve heart and lung health.

  • Fall activities can lead to continued allergy symptoms

    Unfortunately, just because autumn is underway doesn't mean there's an end in sight to allergy season - yet. Lingering weeds and mold may cause symptoms to flare up while doing last-minute yard work or participating in fall recreational activities like apple picking.

    "As we get into October, the weed count is dropping, but it may bounce up and down, depending on the weather patterns for a while longer," allergist Dr. Stephen Pollard recently told the Chicago Sun Times. "The other major problem we have typically in the fall is with mold...because the leaves come down and compost...[and therefore] the mold will continue on for several weeks yet."

    What's worse is that the first frost - and with it, the end of allergy season - is expected late this season. To eliminate allergens from your home, consider purchasing a professional-grade air purifier like those we sell at FreshAirPro. The HealthPro Plus by IQAir is one of the best air purifiers on the market. While most purifiers can only remove particles larger than .3 microns in size, the IQAir HealthPro Plus features a HyperHEPA filtration system, which can effectively filter particles as small as .003 microns in size.

  • WHO estimates 2 million deaths caused by air pollution

    Recently collected data indicates that, in addition to causing many major health problems, air pollution is responsible for the deaths of approximately 2 million people each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The information was collected from almost 1,100 cities located in 91 separate countries across the world.

    PM10 particles, or air particles that are 10 micrometers in size or less, can be found in both indoor and outdoor air and are breathed in through the lungs, where they are able to penetrate the tissue and move into the bloodstream. Toxic particles have been associated with asthma, some cancers, heart and respiratory diseases and even premature births. Some of the leading hazardous materials that release these harmful particles into the air include auto emissions, biological pollutants, paint fumes, pesticides, secondhand smoke and many more.

    While it may be difficult to escape the hazards of air pollution, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of exposure. First, make sure that you never leave your car idling, as this introduces unhealthy emissions into the air. Second, make sure that you protect yourself when traveling through high-pollution areas by rolling up your car windows and using the air filter in your vehicle. Finally, make sure that your home and office, as well as any place in which you frequently spend time, is protected by investing in an air purifier. Medical-grade air purifiers can reduce the amount of airborne pollutant particles in an enclosed space by as much as 99 percent.

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