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How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90% of their time indoors, where air pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants can trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems in many people and they come from activities, products, and materials we use every day. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a significant…

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Smart Technology: Allergy & Asthma-Friendly Home Trends

Smart Technology: Allergy & Asthma-Friendly Home Trends

If you or someone in your family suffers from acute allergies or asthma, then you already know that even the slightest thing can trigger symptoms: changes in local climate, exposure to chemicals, new fragrances, off-gassing, or even leaning over to pet the neighbor’s dog. In public areas, it’s hard – if not impossible – to control an environment. At home, however, it’s becoming increasingly easier to create an indoor space that’s conducive to your wellness needs. In fact, more and…

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How Dust Affects Your Health

How Dust Affects Your Health

Depending on your health concerns, the amount of dust in your household may or may not have you overly worried. Of course, people who suffer from severe allergies or asthma – or have family members who do – are probably the most likely to take whatever steps are necessary to keep their homes as clean as possible. And those who pride themselves on maintaining a spotless home might go into cleaning warrior mode where, armed with a cloth and furniture…

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Get Real-Time Asthma and Allergy Updates with These Great Apps

Get Real-Time Asthma and Allergy Updates with These Great Apps

Managing your allergies and asthma is never fun, but at least in the 21st century, it can be easier! There are now lots of apps you can download to your tablet or smart phone that can give up-to-the-minute information for asthma and allergy sufferers – whether it’s the daily pollen count in your area, a reminder to pick up allergy medication, symptoms trackers and expert tips on how to navigate your day based on your specific issues.   If you’ve got…

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Parents & Schools Work Together to Prevent Students’ Asthma Attacks

Parents & Schools Work Together to Prevent Students’ Asthma Attacks

School can present a variety of challenges for kids: did they get their homework completed? Did they get picked for the kickball game at recess? Are they making friends? Are their grades improving? But for kids who have asthma, ordinary school concerns can pale in comparison. While a parent can closely monitor and curate the indoor environment of a home, schools can be less amenable to kids with breathing sensitivities. Because there are a myriad of possible triggers – from…

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Feeling Wheezy? The Truth About Adult-Onset Asthma

Feeling Wheezy? The Truth About Adult-Onset Asthma

It might seem improbable, but for some people, discovering they have asthma comes later in life than they might expect. While many asthma sufferers are diagnosed in childhood, perhaps after being observed by an eagle-eyed parent or teacher, people who have less severe cases of asthma or irregular appointments with a primary care physician, can end up with a diagnosis much later in life. Prior to this diagnosis, their asthma might simply present as a more innocuous condition: allergies, a stubborn cough…

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