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Month: September 2016

Allergy & Asthma Symptoms Worsened by Chemicals in Artificial Fragrances

Allergy & Asthma Symptoms Worsened by Chemicals in Artificial Fragrances

For anyone who has asthma, allergies or sensitive skin, navigating day-to-day life can be a challenge. Depending on the severity of their condition, allergy and asthma sufferers may experience anything from mild to irritating to even critical symptoms based on their exposure to harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. In addition to seasonal allergies, asthma and allergy sufferers are prone to experiencing flare-ups of their symptoms in what would ordinarily be an innocuous situation: visiting someone’s home, walking into a department…

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How Poor Air Quality Affects The Ability to Learn

How Poor Air Quality Affects The Ability to Learn

Almost everyone’s heard of smog: a combination of the words smoke and fog. While fog is mostly moisture, smog typically refers to dense air pollution caused by motor vehicle exhaust fumes. Smog is compounded in areas with higher populations where individuals drive cars on long commutes to and from work everyday. The ride may include passing by factories and industrial plants with smoke stacks pumping out thick clouds of smoke. This kind of pollution can saturate the atmosphere with all…

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Get Ready to Tackle Fall Allergies With These Great Tips!

Get Ready to Tackle Fall Allergies With These Great Tips!

Most people love autumn, and it’s easy to see why: colorful foliage, cooler temperatures, football tailgating and upcoming holidays full of family, friends and feasts. But for some, the beauty of the season can be dampened by impending fall allergies – particularly ragweed (also known as hay fever), which can cause sneezing, runny or stuffy noses, itchy throat and ears, itchy eyes and even hives. It can even cause asthma symptoms as well, since ragweed allergies can cause the nose…

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It’s Not the Heat — It’s the Humidity!

It’s Not the Heat — It’s the Humidity!

If you grew up in the southernmost states of the US, you’ve probably heard the old cliche (most likely uttered by a very warm lady while fanning herself on her front porch): It’s not the heat I can’t handle…it’s this humidity!  Of course, humidity isn’t a strictly southern dilemma: anywhere that experiences especially wet seasons or unexpected flooding can also be blanketed by a round of humidity. And it’s usually true that wet heat is regarded as being much less…

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Finding the Perfect Canister Vacuum for Your Home

Finding the Perfect Canister Vacuum for Your Home

One of the most important cleaning tools you can have in a home is a vacuum cleaner. Since the invention of the first motorized vacuum in 1901, these machines have proven themselves an invaluable staple in almost every household. As their technology has evolved, vacuums have been designed to be even more powerful, useful and effective at removing dirt, dust and errant debris from our surfaces. Studies have shown that regularly vacuumed carpet can be more beneficial to air quality than…

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