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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 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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Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Even if you haven’t heard the term “off-gassing” there’s probably a good chance you’ve felt its effects. If you love that “new car smell” but find it gives you a massive headache, then you might’ve experienced off-gassing. If your eyes started to water when you walked into a department store or home improvement store, that too could be from off-gassing. If you just installed new cabinetry or carpet and can’t help but notice how much your nose is running, or…

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Tired During the Day? Maybe It’s Your Indoor Air Quality

Tired During the Day? Maybe It’s Your Indoor Air Quality

Do you find yourself feeling groggy and irritable during the day, wishing you could take a nap? As it turns out, you might well be sleep deprived…and your breathing might be playing a crucial role. Sleep is essential for all humans. For many of us, however, true, restful sleep can also prove to be elusive. Not getting enough quality sleep can create negative effects. While one night of little sleep isn’t usually enough to put anyone at serious (and really,…

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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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