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Learn more about sun allergy

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August is one of the most popular summer vacation months as people are heading to the beach, the country, the mountains or even simply staying home to fulfill vacation time and before school starts.  But whether you are at the beach, country or home, the sun can cause us allergies!

The sun’s powerful rays can cause skin reactions accompanied by itchy skin (also known as pruritus). Most people can treat itchy skin with lotions, moisturizers and over the counter medicines and these simple treatments will typically clear it up.

Believe it or not there are some that cannot fully enjoy the sun as the sun can cause allergies.  The most common and frequent sun allergy skin rashes are benign summer light eruption (BSLE) and polymorphous light eruption (PMLE).  These allergies occur in up to 10% of the population and between age 15 and 35 years of age and affect mostly the female gender.  These diseases are often overlooked, however they are very important and need attention.

If after spending a few hours in the sun, you develop an itchy red bumpy rash on your chest and arms, you most likely have PMLE. It can be very uncomfortable the rash can also form blisters with intense itching. Most often when people say they have a sun allergy, this is what they mean. It is the most common allergy. Often times the manifestations are slight and pass almost unnoticed because they are interpreted as an allergy to a cream, perfume or piece of clothing.

The best protection to avoid an outbreak is to use suitable sunscreen and do your best to avoid sun exposure during peak times.  Also there are clothing pieces with specific UVA fibers that offer additional protection from the sun.  Wearing a tee-shirt is also helpful, however if it has been washed many times, it may cause more harm than good.

However, whether it be the beach, the countryside, or a trip to the perfect destination, we would like to wish all those who follow us a happy, safe summer vacation!

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World Allergy Day

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Saturday, July 8th is World Allergy Day – this day is meant to globally increase awareness of allergies and their impact.  On World Allergy Day, people are urged to learn about allergy symptoms, learn about foods that contain allergies, learn how to improve their environment to lessen allergic reactions or to avoid them and learn to recognize allergic reactions in order to prevent dangerous consequences.

 

We would like to reiterate some facts regarding allergies.  Allergies are a result of something you ate, something you inhaled into your lungs, or something that you may have touched or that may have touched your body.  An allergic reaction is the way your body reacts to the foreign substance, which is called an allergen.  Allergies affect roughly 30% of adults and 40% children and is increasing.  Allergic disease, including asthma, is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. for people of all ages.  For children under 18 years old, it is the 3rd most common chronic disease.  Some of the reactions that you can experience from an allergic reaction are:

 

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Blocked nose
  • Itchy nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Scratchy throat

 

In some severe cases, it can cause hives, a rash, issues with your blood pressure, trouble with breathing, asthma attacks and even death.  One of the best ways to avoid allergies is to avoid them the best that you can, however that isn’t always ideal.

While there is no cure for allergies, there are ways you can manage and prevent them and one of the ways is with an Airfree Air Purifier.  By using an Airfree Air Purifier you can help clean your homes inside air, aid in sleeping, help you breathe easier and more importantly allow you to live comfortably.  Airfree sterilizes the air without a filter.  They are highly effective at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air has been proven by INETI and dozens of other international laboratories. Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen and tobacco odors.

Please let us know if you have any questions! We can help determine which air purifier is right for you and your family.

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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 Summer Allergies  

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Often times people think allergies are just associated with spring but that is furthest from the truth.  In fact, seasonal allergies can affect people all year ‘round thanks to pollen from spring flowers to pollen from grasses and trees.  Summer often brings mold and mildew as most states throughout the U.S. are dealing with heat and humidity.  Don’t forget about those pesky dust mites that live in your carpets, floors and add to it dog, cat and any furry pet dander.

You can track what the allergies are in your area and even see what the allergy forecast is by simply watching or logging onto your local weather TV station or visiting Weather.com.  These sites also provides you with the opportunity to view the breathing index and the mold index, two additional factors in allergy sufferers.

We at Airfree suggests checking the indoor humidity of your home to be sure the conditions are not contributing to the rise in allergens.

Many think that by just shutting the doors and windows they will be able to escape the invisible allergen spores that are in the air all around us, but the truth is the only way to rid the air of it is to sterilize the air. It is estimated that American’s spend nearly 87% of their time indoors!  Airfree has created air purifiers for allergy sufferers while being indoors and they are PROVEN to reduce them significantly.

By using an Airfree Air Purifier you can help clean your homes inside air, aid in sleeping, help you breathe easier and more importantly allow you to live comfortably.  Airfree sterilizes the air without a filter.  They are highly effective at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air has been proven by INETI and dozens of other international laboratories. Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen and tobacco odors.

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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How is the air quality in your gym?

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According to research, there are an estimated 50 million Americans that own a gym membership.  We join a gym to become or stay physically fit and to remain active with the hopes to live a long and healthy life.  Typical practice at a gym is when you use a particular machine or set of weights, that you spray it down and wipe after each use (using the cleaning agent that your gym provides) – this is your gyms way of trying to keep things “clean” and help with the spread of illness and germs.  So your treadmill or step machine may be clean, but have you thought about the air quality in your gym?

 

Your gym may be harboring gases like carbon dioxide (from exercising patrons), ozone and carbon monoxide along with more common things like dust, chemicals from cleaning products, movement of contaminated air from fans and air conditioners.  Perhaps before choosing a gym or even doing a workout, take a walk through and smell the air and also check to see if the gym is busy.  If the air smells stale, perhaps speak with the manager or owner to see if they can open a window to let some fresher air in or if it is busy to come back at a time when it is less crowded.

 

It’s summer and what better way to enjoy the season than to spend time outdoors!  If you don’t suffer from allergies then get outside and enjoy one of the favorite times of the year.

 

Note: This is by no means to deter anyone from visiting their gym, it is simply stated to make you think as the health benefits from exercising outweighs the risk of inhaling indoor pollutants!

 

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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Everyone loves the summer…. including mold! 

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During the warm and hot months of the summer, mold thrives very well as mold LOVES and needs warm temperature in order to grow.  Have you ever stopped and thought about when you vacation to someplace tropical of the mold that could be and is lurking in your hotel room or lodging?  What about a summer vacation rental or a beach house?  While we may not be able to clean and scrub mold at our hotel room or summer rental, we can certainly get a handle on mold and prevention in our house.   Our homes are a major investment and we work very hard to keep it clean!

 

What are the best ways to prevent summer mold growth?  The following are some simple steps that can be done to help in the prevention of mold:

 

  1. Always clean your home thoroughly.  Mold loves moist environments and can thrive on almost ANY surface of your home.  Cleaning your home thoroughly and regularly will help eliminate any element that may allow mold to grow and thrive.
  2. Always clean spills of any liquids immediately.
  3. Always try to regulate the temperature in your home as mold grows best in homes that are between 77 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.  Keeping your home temperature at a comfortable temperature below 77 degrees will make it harder for mold to grow.  Use an air conditioner or fan to keep your home comfortable.
  4. Clean or change your central air conditioning units and any window air conditioning units filters on a regular basis.
  5. Watch for collecting condensation or moisture in your home air ducts and air conditioners.
  6. Close windows when it rains as open windows during rain can bring rain into your home and onto any carpets or rugs.
  7. Repair leaky pipes on your appliances.
  8. Ensure that your clothes dryer is vented properly and not into an attic or any crawlspace.
  9. When showering, turn on the exhaust fan or open the bathroom window to allow steam to escape.
  10. Address all mold problems promptly and thoroughly clean to prevent  growth or for it spread to other areas.
  11. Do your best to keep air circulating in your home which could include using a ceiling fan.
  12. Purchase an Airfree Air Purifier!  Airfree Air Purifiers can offer a natural and cost effective solution for the prevention of mold.  Airfree Air purifiers also offers a solution to asthma, respiratory allergy and contaminated air due to pet dander and pets.  Airfree Air Purifiers are maintenance free and by running an Airfree Air Purifier in your home, you will destroy even the smallest of airborne microorganisms.  Airfree uses its unique ceramic heating chamber without any ozone being used. An Airfree air purifier destroys airborne allergens such as all types of fungus, including those from dust mite feces, mold spores, and most pollutants in the air.  Airfree safely and effectively cleans the indoor air allowing you to breath fresh, clean air!

Don’t let mold ruin your summer.  It’s time to ENJOY the heat and ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

We firmly believe in our company mission –  To combine the best technology and design, to turn our clients’ needs into innovative solutions for indoor atmospheres, whether for health reasons, comfort or to increase productivity.  Check us out at www.airfree.com for a purifier that will work best for you.

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