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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Mites at home: where do they live and where do they come from?

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Childhood Rhinitis Care  

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Childhood Rhinitis is a disease of the upper airway that is characterized by a runny and/or blocked nose and/or sneezing occurring for 2 or more days and lasting more than an hour for most days.  Another symptom can include itchy eyes.

 

Childhood Rhinitis is not a life threatening condition, however it can affect the child’s quality of life.  Some examples of quality of life effects are:

 

  • Snoring – which overall affects the child’s sleep as they don’t typically get a good night sleep when snoring
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Poor performance in school due to being sick and missing school days

 

Treatments for allergic rhinitis is determined by your child’s physician.  Some of the treatment options available are:

 

  • Avoidance of the allergens
  • Antihistamines – these will help decrease the release of histamine which in turn could decrease the symptoms of itching, sneezing and runny nose.  Please keep in mind that Antihistamines can cause drowsiness
  • Use of a non-sedating antihistamine such as Zyrtec, Claritin or Allegra – using these are like using antihistamines except without the drowsiness
  • Anti-inflammatory nasal sprays – will help decrease swelling in the nose
  • Corticosteroid nasal spray – best when used before symptoms start but can also be used during a flare-up
  • Decongestant – Decongestants help by making the blood vessels in the nose small thus allowing for decreased congestion.
  • Anti-leukotrienes – these help to decrease congestion in the chest and nose and are usually given orally.

 

As always: Consult your child’s health care provider to determine the proper dosage for your child and the best advice to treating childhood rhinitis and it’s care.

An added alternative and benefit to your child would be an Airfree Air Purifier.  Airfree Air Purifiers offer a natural solution for asthma, mold, respiratory allergy and contaminated air due to pet dander and pets.  It is 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!

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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Animal Allergies

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It is estimated that there are 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats owned in the U.S.  Animal/pet allergies are very common and affect more than 3 million people in the US. This is the most relatively common type of allergy and can occur more often in people with asthma and can also fun in your family (genetically).

Those of us who have pet allergies are all too familiar with its symptoms of sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, watery and red and itchy eyes and some people even develop skin rashes or hives.   Pet allergies can make it difficult for people to own a pet and if they own a pet, they may suffer from the symptoms if not properly treated.

The best way to manage and treat pet allergies would be to avoid being around dogs and cats and if you do have a pet at home we suggest limiting your exposure to your pet.  Often times people need nasal sprays, antihistamines or bronchodilators to help relieve their symptoms.   Another highly effective way to minimize household contaminated air as a result of pet and pet dander is to purchase an Airfree Air Purifier.

An Airfree Air Purifier is an natural solution for asthma, mold, respiratory allergy and contaminated air due to pet dander and pets.  It is 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 your pet to breath fresh, clean air!

 As always we recommend consulting with your physician should you experience any/all of these symptoms for a correct diagnosis.

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Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is this weekend, Sunday, May 14th,  and we would like to reserve this blog post to celebrate, thank and honor the mother’s in our families as well as all those who influence and guide us in a mothering, caring and influencing way.   Always remember, Mother’s Day shouldn’t be the only day to celebrate that special someone… it should be every day.  Get out and enjoy your day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Treatment for asthma

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Super bugs and super bacteria

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Super bugs and super bacteria are fast spreading.  Bacteria are thriving and have many functions in all environments and because of this it is causing alarm for those in the scientific community as many of these super bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant.   The first antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered accidentally in 1928, by biologist, Alexander Fleming.  He was researching Bacterium Staphylococcus Aureus, which even today is one of the biggest villains in hospital infections. The discovery of Penicillin was a huge leap forward for medicine as bacteria back then could cause tuberculosis and pneumonia and with this new antibiotic, could now treat those who needed it.  In the 1940s it became widely used and after its amazing discovery and with the help of other new antibiotics, our world population took a huge leap and in 50 years, we had tripled our population.

 

This seemed like a happy ending back then, however we know that with time many of the bacteria we encounter are becoming more resistant to Penicillin (including Staphylococcus) as well as other antibiotics that have been released throughout the years. It is estimated that by 2050, at least 10 million people worldwide will die yearly due to superbugs.

 

While clinicians and pharmaceutical industries are limiting the overuse of antibiotics, us, as a whole population must do our part.  Some of the ways to avoid being infected with a superbug or super bacteria are:

 

  • If antibiotics are not controlled in your country, do not buy these drugs without a prescription.  The more antibiotics you take, the greater the chance you have to becoming resistant to the treatment.  Remember, antibiotics also eliminates good bacteria and by killing the good you become more unprotected and weaken your system.
  • Consult responsible professionals and to not press your doctor to administer antibiotics, including for your child.  Listen to the options that your clinician has offered and if you have questions… ask!  Take antibiotics ONLY when NEEDED.
  • If you need to take an antibiotic, never stop taking it on your own, even if you begin to feel better.  This can lead to the selection of resistant bacteria and an increased worry of infection.  Respect the dosage and administration.
  • Avoid going to hospitals unless necessary.  Consult with your clinician/physician first if it is not an emergency.

 

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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