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Allergy-Proof Your Home: 5 Smart Tips

Allergy-Proof Your Home: 5 Smart Tips

Your home is your sanctuary. So if you notice a chronically runny nose, itchy eyes, or year-round congestion, it might be because your sanctuary is chock-full of allergens…and that you have an allergy to something in your house. Most modern homes are outfitted to be tightly sealed and draft-free – which is great, as this makes them more energy efficient. But this feature also means whatever allergens and contaminants are floating around inside your home are there to stay –…

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How to Manage Your Spring Allergies

How to Manage Your Spring Allergies

Although some parts of the country have recently been under siege from an early-spring snowstorm, for most parts of North America, this winter was a pretty warm one. This means that spring has sprung in many parts of the US, and people are beginning to feel the effects of the oncoming spring allergy season. Pollen levels are already wreaking havoc for many, and they’re only expected to get worse. You might know the symptoms well: that throbbing headache, itchy, watery eyes and runny…

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Allergies or Asthma? Why Regular Vacuuming Matters

Allergies or Asthma? Why Regular Vacuuming Matters

If you’ve gone to purchase a new core household technology product or appliance  — washing machine, TV, dishwasher – you’ve probably noticed that with each iteration comes a whole lot of fancy upgrades. It’s faster! It’s smaller! You can login to social media while operating it! And while the fancy bells and whistles can be appealing, one question really remains: do these features make it a better product, and does it make life easier for you? That brings us to one…

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Knock Out Unhealthy Indoor Air With A One-Two Punch!

Knock Out Unhealthy Indoor Air With A One-Two Punch!

A lot of factors can contribute to the indoor air quality of your home: how well your home is sealed, whether or not you have pets, if anyone smokes, if you have a fireplace, how many products you use for cleaning…the list goes on and on. Improving your indoor air quality is most achievable with a one-two punch: purify your air and clean your surfaces. Some of the very things that pollute indoor air – chemicals, fumes, smoke and bad…

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Feeling Sneezy? How Pets Affect Your Winter Allergies

Feeling Sneezy? How Pets Affect Your Winter Allergies

Ever wondered why your allergies pick up in winter months? Actually, a lot of things could be to blame…like your favorite furry friend! Pets that might spend endless hours romping around outside during warmer months can find themselves confined indoors when the temperatures drop. That’s the right call for pets, but you and your family might experience an uptick in your allergies. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that can keep your pets warm and your family feeling healthy. Consider this strange fact: most people aren’t allergic to animal fur, but…

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Is Your Home an Allergy Trap?

Is Your Home an Allergy Trap?

Being outdoors at the height of, say, ragweed season is something a lot of people might avoid in order to lessen the impact of their seasonal allergies. After all, that’s why weather stations issue local allergy counts and advisories – so you can be more strategic about outdoor activities. But what about the allergies that spike because of what’s in your home? The EPA has posited that indoor pollutant levels can be up to 100 times worse than outdoor levels…

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Is it Allergies…or More? New Fall Virus Can Masquerade as Allergy Symptoms

Is it Allergies…or More? New Fall Virus Can Masquerade as Allergy Symptoms

With fall firmly upon us, you might be one of the millions who’ve felt the effects of seasonal allergies. You know the typical symptoms: runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, the mild fatigue. But while these are pretty typical for people with allergies, they’re also some of the same symptoms of people who have a virus – which, unlike allergies, is contagious. Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, Chief Physician Executive at Ezkenazi Center for Excellence in Women’s Health in Indianapolis, explained to a…

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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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The Happy Student: 8 Hacks For a Healthy Dorm Room

The Happy Student: 8 Hacks For a Healthy Dorm Room

For the millions of kids headed back to college this fall, the idea of dorm life can be exciting: no curfews, friends living right next door, epic parties, and the occasional (and much-needed) study session. But for as fun as it can be, dorm living is also famous for other characteristics: the stench of week-old pizza, your roommate’s dirty lacrosse shoes, and dirty piles of laundry. The comforts of Mom & Dad’s house – where carpet was vacuumed, baskets of…

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The Dangers of Summer Air

The Dangers of Summer Air

The dog days of summer are sometimes muggy and almost always uncomfortably hot. For anyone daring enough to leave their home, those two factors can be daunting enough. But summer, as it turns out, is also a key time for another phenomenon: air pollution, namely ozone. Ozone becomes particularly problematic in hotter months because the atmospheric reactions that produce ozone are actually accelerated by the warm temperatures, with the highest daily concentrations generally occurring between mid and later afternoon. What is…

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