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A is for Allergies as Students Head Back to School

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Hay Fever or Cold?

As students head back to class, ragweed allergies are expected to flare. Hay fever symptoms can make it hard for a student to concentrate on class work. Unfortunately, it can also be difficult for parents to determine if a child has an allergy or  a viral infection.

Is it Allergies or a Cold? Here Are Some Key Differences:

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there are some clear signs that signal a child is having an allergic reaction and not suffering from a cold.

  1. While symptoms may be similar to colds, seasonal allergies usually last longer than two weeks and tend to occur at the same time each year.
  2. Dry, itchy skin or a rash is a common symptom with some allergens.
  3. If a child presents with a cough at night or when exercising, he or she may also be suffering from asthma.
  4. An allergy to food often presents with an itching or tingling in the mouth, throat or ears. Parents should make sure school nurses and teachers know if a child has food allergies. AAP recommends staying up-to-date on lunch room menus and packing a kid’s meal when necessary.

Study-up on Ragweed Allergy Treatments before Sending Kids Back to School

If a student shows signs of asthma or allergies around the same time he or she heads back to school, it’s possible that ragweed is the culprit. However, AAP recommends that parents visit an allergist to identify exactly what it is their future honor student is allergic to. The organization explains that an important step in reducing symptoms is simply avoiding the trigger. However, it’s very hard to avoid ragweed because it grows throughout the country and easily makes its way indoors.

For children with an allergy to pollen, dust or other airborne particles, keeping irritants out of the house is essential. Whole-house air purifiers can trap pollen in a home’s indoor air, so kids can breathe easier while studying. Also trapped are viruses and bacteria, which kids are sure to bring into the house more often after they go back to school.

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Honey Cures Ragweed Allergy – Is it Too Tasty to be True?

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Honey Cures Ragweed Allergy – Is it Too Tasty to be True?

In 2014, many allergy sufferers will try and meet the longer ragweed season with a new arsenal of products to relieve their sneezing, itching and coughing. And one of these wonder products won’t come from the pharmacy but the farmers market, as people turn to locally produced honey for a cure.

However, according to Web MD, the theory that a spoonful of honey this summer will keep allergies at bay in the fall is mostly a myth. The notion of vaccinating against allergies by ingesting small amounts of pollen deposited in honey by bees has some scientific backing – but studies have shown little or no correlation to reduced allergy symptoms. The most obvious reason for honey’s lack of effectiveness is that it doesn’t possess the quantities or types of pollen required to immunize against common allergies.

What’s the Buzz About This Year’s Ragweed Season?

With or without a sweet tooth for honey, those with allergies will be looking for relief as summer 2014 draws to a close and hay fever symptoms begin. Known medically as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is primarily caused by an allergic reaction to ragweed plants. The plant is found in great quantities across the U.S. and experiences significant growth in the month of August, which is why many Americans find their symptoms at their worst this time of year.

Unfortunately for victims of ragweed allergies, 2014 could continue a trend of increasingly agonizing symptoms. According to U.S. News and World Reports, some asthma and allergy experts say that global climate change could be increasing the ragweed season, meaning the plant will have more time to release pollen grains, which carry for hundreds of miles in the wind. The small pollen also easily makes its way into homes through open windows, on clothes and on family pets.

For those suffering from hay fever, reports that their allergy symptoms could be lasting longer is certainly unwelcome news. It could mean more medicine – some of which has undesired side effects – or continued discomfort inside and outside of the house

Top 3 Natural Ways to Fight Back Against Ragweed Allergies

While the cure for ragweed allergy may not be sitting in the pantry, there are other remedies that can at least reduce the severity of symptoms this August without a trip to the pharmacy.

  1. Essential Oils in the Shower: One relaxing way to feel better is a hot shower with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the bottom of the tub. The water will wash off pollen that has collected on the body during the day while the steam and eucalyptus open up sinuses and moisturize dry nasal passages.
  1. Stinging Nettle: While scientific evidence is inconclusive, Web MD reports that taking supplements of stinging nettle at the start of ragweed season appears to help ease the severity of symptoms with fewer side effects than antihistamine drugs.
  1. A Whole-Home Air Purifier: An excellent addition to allergy and asthma relief, an air purifier installed in an existing HVAC system reduces the amount of allergens that are in the air. Because allergies are a direct reaction to pollen and other particulates, purifying the air should improve comfort in the house.

For more information on whole-home air purification, total control of IAQ and available options for removing ragweed allergens form the home, visit Aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

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Can Ohio Couple Save Basement With Dehumidifier After Flood?

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Aprilaire dehumidifier helps save Ohio couple’s basement

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The recent severe weather in the Midwest flooded the basement of Bill and Marilyn Johnson, a couple living in Ohio. With so much moisture left in their basement, they weren’t sure how to dry it out. Enter: the Aprilaire dehumidifier. Although the machine lacks the normal drapings of a typical hero, the unit did help the Johnson family after their basement flooded.

Without the proper humidity control, basements become susceptible to mold, mildew and the odors that accompany them. The excess moisture also damages tools, furniture, electronics and the other investments that make a basement a family’s unique territory. It takes a short time for moisture buildup in a basement to noticeably impact air quality throughout the house, creating that “basement smell” and aggravating health conditions.

Following A Flood, Johnsons Give Aprilaire Dehumidifier a Try

The Johnsons discovered the benefits of a dehumidifier after their local HVAC dealer installed one to help mitigate the flood damage.

“A serviceman came out the next day and we discussed the storm,” Marilyn said. “He suggested that we might look at an Aprilaire dehumidifier. In a short period of time we noticed a big difference in the air quality and it dried out the basement.”

The Johnsons have continued to notice an improvement in their indoor-air quality. Marilyn said that controlling their basement humidity has reduced her asthma symptoms and visitors to their home are impressed by how fresh the air is.

“Also, the air conditioner is not running much at all,” she said. “Our home is at 75 degrees with no humidity.”

American-Made Dehumidifier

As the Johnsons discovered, a high-capacity dehumidifier is an investment that pays for itself as homeowners reap the rewards of improved efficiency, capacity and protection.

  • Low-cost operation – High-capacity units are able to run much more efficiently, and that saves money on the utility bill! In testing, it cost as little as $.27 per day to run an Aprilaire dehumidifier. Compared to other tested retail models, Aprilaire costs one-third less!
  • Improved comfort – With proper humidification, homeowners are less likely to over-cool their homes and can set the thermostat at a higher and more comfortable temperature.
  • Energy efficiency – High-capacity units are more efficient than the leading portable units.

“The best thing about Aprilaire dehumidifiers is that they are built in the U.S.A.!” said Marilyn.

For more information on a whole-home dehumidifier and how you can control basement humidity like the Johnsons did, visit https://www.aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

About Aprilaire: We have been a brand leader in indoor air quality for more than 60 years. We delivering a wide range of whole-home systems that improve comfort, health and energy efficiency. Our brand products are sold through and installed by HVAC contractors across the United States and Canada. Visit Aprilaire.com to learn more about whole-home air cleaners and total comfort solutions to air purity, humidity, freshness and temperature.

Megan Leick
608-310-6167

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Put Dog Allergies on a Short Leash

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No matter how loyal, obedient and friendly – man’s best friend isn’t always fun to be around. For animal lovers with dog allergies, the painful symptoms may be enough to keep them from owning their own pet. In other homes, visitors or select members of the family may find themselves very uncomfortable because of their dog allergies.

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The EPA has named poor indoor air quality (IAQ) as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. This is not surprising when you consider that Americans spend the vast majority of their time indoors. And thanks to Fido’s dander and numerous other forms of particulate matter, your home’s air may be up to 100 times more polluted than that outside.

The three most important methods for reducing indoor air pollution are source removal, increased ventilation and air purification. Since source removal spells bad news for the family pet, people with asthma or dog allergies should focus on ventilation and purification.

Reducing Symptoms of Dog Allergies With Whole-Home Solutions

The best way to reduce the symptoms of dog allergies is to remove air pollutants with an air purifier.  An Aprilaire air purifier is 40 times more efficient than a furnace filter alone. Ventilation systems ensure that stale, polluted air doesn’t remain inside.

To learn how you can keep pet allergies under control without saying goodbye to a beloved member of the family, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

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Vietnam Vet Wages War on Asthma Symptoms – And Wins!

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According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 20 million people in the United States are affected by asthma symptoms. The Foundation states that while much research remains to be done on the causes, cure and prevention of this disease, with the proper management, the majority of these people can still live healthy and active lives. For most Americans, managing their respiratory disorders requires a multifaceted approach.

Numerous different factors contribute to asthma. Many people are not even aware that they can do more to control their comfort and improve their breathing. Waking up in the middle of the night, limiting physical activity and even enduring respiratory-related hospital stays may seem like the norm to those who have suffered asthma symptoms for years.

The Ford Family Is Breathing Easier With a Whole-Home Purification System

A family from Bethlehem, PA is living a better life since they made the decision to improve their indoor air quality (IAQ) with Aprilaire. Mr. Ford is a Vietnam veteran who developed severe respiratory illness during his service and is now on numerous medications to relieve his debilitating asthma symptoms.

In order to help manage asthma symptoms, sufferers must identify and minimize contact with their triggers. Seasonal allergies or activities in the house, such as vacuuming, aggravate many people’s asthma. Mr. Ford suspected that pollution was one of his triggers. He purchased an air purifier from Aprilaire to reduce the irritants in his family’s home.

“My respiratory issues have created a great deal of discomfort for me, so the search for ways to improve the air quality in our home was a serious one,” he said.

He looked at many different options and chose the Aprilaire Model 5000 air purifier, Aprilaire’s most sophisticated system. The Model 5000 removes 99% of mold and pollen, 98% of dust and 94% of viruses. It is ideal for those with asthma symptoms and other severe respiratory issues.

“The Aprilaire Model 5000 air purifier has made a huge difference in my asthma symptoms and overall quality of life,” Ford said. “It feels great to come home to find relief.”

Learn More About Whole-Home Purification and Improve Asthma Symptoms Now!

To mitigate asthma symptoms, people must follow the instructions of their doctors. One way to ensure more comfort inside your home is to reduce the amount of pollen, mold and dust. These spores can aggravate your symptoms.

“You should see what comes out of that filter when we replace it,” Ford said. “We actually replace the filter twice a year because our air quality is so poor and I am so sensitive to it.”

Mr. Ford’s story of struggling to find comfort is a familiar one to thousands of families in the U.S. Aprilaire has multiple IAQ solutions to meet each family’s unique needs. Unfortunately families cannot keep all pollution from entering their house. But a whole-home purification system can trap particulates before they enter the lungs of loved ones.

For more information on whole-home air purification and how it can help mitigate severe asthma symptoms, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.

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Top 5 Summer Allergens Invading The Home

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Top 5 Summer Allergens

Summer Allergen #1: Pollen

  • Six out of ten people are exposed to pollen trapped indoors

Summer Allergen #2: Dust Mites

  • An estimated 10% of the general population, and 90% of people with allergic asthma, are sensitive to dust mites

Summer Allergen #3: Pet Dander

  • An estimated 10% of the entire population may be allergic to pet dander

Summer Allergen #4: Mold

  • Roughly 15% of Americans are allergic to mold. Moisture control is the most important strategy for reducing indoor allergens from mold growth

Summer Allergen #5: Mildew

  • Scientists have identified over 1,000 types of mold and mildew inside houses in the United States

Prevent Irritants from Entering Your Home

Take measures to reduce allergens by making sure dust, dirt, and other pollutants are prevented from entering the house. Remove shoes before entering the household. Be sure to close and windows and doors during high pollen days. Do not allow smoking indoors.

Install a Whole-Home Air Purifier System

Whole-home air purifier systems remove up to 99% of airborne allergens and contaminants (even those one micron in size) and are 40 times more efficient than a standard furnace filter. This system removes allergens such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, pollen, viruses, fungi, mold, and other dangerous substances from the air throughout the entire home.

Maintain Humidity Levels at Home

Whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help control allergens with the perfect level of moisture—one in which dust mites, mold, and mildew are not likely to survive.

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Is your home’s air making you sick?

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The EPA has named indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental risks to public health.

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It makes sense when you consider:

  • Americans spend 90% of their time indoors
  • Your home’s air may be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside.

The leading cause of indoor air pollution is particulate matter, which includes dust mites, pollen, bacteria and viruses, dander, and mold spores.

Control Indoor Air Purity

The three most important methods of reducing indoor air pollution are source removal, increased ventilation, and air purification.

The most effective way to treat the air in your entire home is a whole-home purifier.  Aprilaire whole-home air purifiers permanently trap and kill 98% of airborne contaminants as small as one micro in size.

For more information on whole-home air purification and total control of your indoor air quality, visit www.aprilaire.com. Also, find Aprilaire on Facebook at Facebook.com/Aprilaire.