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Seasonal Allergies

Pollen Allergies and Minimizing Pollen Allergy Symptoms

  • Ragweed Allergies

    How To Combat Hay Fever Symptoms
    Because Ragweed Season Officially Begins Now

    What is ragweed?Ragweed
    Ragweed is a plant that grows from mid-August through the first frost and wreaks havoc with allergies. It grows wherever it can get a toehold: farmland, construction sites, along roads, and possibly even in your backyard. If the ground is bare and disturbed, it is an open invitation to ragweed. Continue reading
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  • Flu And Cold Season

    What Everyone Needs To Know This Flu And Cold SeasonNoseBlowingHelp For Self Diagnosis: Is It Allergy, Flu or Cold?
    It can be very difficult to determine if your symptoms are due to allergies, the flu or a cold. Typically allergy symptoms may include sneezing, runny or stopped up nose, headache, and watery eyes. Usually a fever is not an allergy symptom. A cold has the same symptoms and may also include coughing, but will usually run its course in 10-14 days while allergy symptoms can linger on and on. The symptoms of influenza (the flu) are also very similar but also include fatigue and aches and pains and may likely, but not always, include fever. Flu is the most serious because it can result in complications such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or encephalitis that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Continue reading
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  • Seasonal Allergy Calendar

    Seasonal Calendar For A Healthier You In 2010
    WINTER CONCERNS WINTER TO-DO LIST
    How To Maintain Indoor Air Quality when your house is shut up tight to conserve energy. Filter the air to remove irritating airborne particles.

    • Change your allergen reduction furnace filter if you are using a high efficiency brand like Filtrete.
    • Change pre-filters and HEPA filters in your room HEPA air purifier.
    • Cover heating vents to capture particles blown through ductwork.
    How To Overcome Dry Indoor Aircaused by lower humidity and your heating system leading to:

    • Uncomfortably dry nasal and sinus passages,
    • miserable winter body itch,
    • and painfully red, cracked hands.
    Compensate for less moisture in the air during cold months.

    How To Keep Cold Air from becoming a trigger for asthma symptoms. When you can't avoid being outdoors, especially if you have cold-induced asthma, wear a mask designed to warm the air you breathe.
    How To Control Pet Dander while it's too cold outside for a bath. Use pet wipes and a pet moisturizer to reduce dander.

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  • Winter Itch: Skin Care For Cold Weather

     

    Winter Itch: Skin Care For Cold Weather

    Do You Have "Winter Itch"?

    I used to think I was allergic to cold weather. Like clockwork, every year when the temperature dropped, I would start itching. Now I realize that what I have been experiencing is known as winter itch, a condition resulting from loss of skin moisture during cold weather. If you have the urge to scratch your back on a tree trunk like Baloo, the bear in Jungle Book, you may have winter itch, too. Continue reading

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  • Seasonal vs. Perennial Allergies: Living Comfortably With Both

     

    What is Allergic Rhinitis?

     

    sneeze-0307Allergic rhinitis is a fancy term for what you know as nasal allergies. The prefix rhin derives from ancient Greek and means "of or pertaining to the nose" - aptly demonstrated in English words like "rhinoceros". Allergic rhinitis is an inflammatory reaction of the nasal passages to allergens, such as dust mites, animal dander, mold spore, and pollen. Rhinitis is one of the most prevalent and chronic diseases in the U.S., affecting up to 40 million people annually, including 10 to 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children. Continue reading

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  • Winter Allergies

     

    Closing Up For Winter - 5 Strategies For Surviving Indoor Allergens

    1. Replace Or Clean Your Furnace Filter

    A good furnace filter can capture both nuisance particles and allergens. For best results, if you have a standard 1-inch disposable filter, you should replace it every 3 months. We highly recommend the 3M Filtrete Ultra filters for their efficient removal of allergens. Any disposable furnace filter should have a MERV rating of 11 or higher to be an effective filter. If you have a permanent electrostatic filter, this is a good time to remove and clean it so there is no restriction of airflow as you head toward winter. Continue reading

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  • Summer Allergies

    Smart Tips For Summer Allergies

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    Smart Allergy Tips For Summer Vacations

    Maintaining A Healthy Car Environment

    Research has shown that our cars harbor high concentrations of allergens like dust and dander, as well as mold, particularly those in hotter or more humid areas causing summer allergies to really flare. Here are some quick tips to prep your car for "Driving Allergy Free". Continue reading

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  • Autumn Allergies 101

    Pollen - Not Just A Springtime Enemy

    Beginning around August 15th, airborne pollen from a variety of weeds makes its way into the air we breathe. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), ragweed pollen is most responsible for the spike of allergy symptoms in the fall. And if you suffer from ragweed allergy, you are definitely not alone: a recent study found that more than half of Americans have allergies and, of those, 20% suffer from hayfever, also called pollen or ragweed allergy. Continue reading

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  • Pollen Allergies

    Pollen Allergies and Minimizing Pollen Allergy Symptoms

    Who, What, When, Where and Why?

    35.9 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies or pollen allergies. With spring just around the corner, so are the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis and pollen allergies- sneezing, runny noses, congestion, itchy sinuses and watery eyes. Continue reading

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  • Spring Cleaning for Allergy Sufferers

    Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips For The Allergy Sufferer

    One of the most important considerations for the allergy sufferer during both indoor and outdoor spring cleaning projects is to be aware of your allergic sensitivities. For protection against airborne allergens like dust, mold and pollen, try a mask like our popular Silk Mask - it's washable, cool and breathable! For bigger jobs, use a long lasting 3M Particulate Respirator for excellent protection while spring cleaning. Non-Latex Gloves are also a good idea for working in potentially moldy areas or while using cleaning agents. Continue reading

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