Can an Air Purifier Cure Sneezing and Wheezing?

It has become evident in the past decade or so that many people living in urban and even suburban areas are increasingly experiencing respiratory issues due to dirty air. With that increase it has become increasingly more popular to use some sort of air filtration to help breathe easier. In the marketplace today, there are two popular methods of filtration, HEPA and ionic.

HEPA filter technology is among the best technology available for air cleaners. It is a very effective system but the filters must be changed to remain effective. HEPA filters were originally developed by the Atomic Energy Commission to protect the respiratory system from radioactive chemicals. Although costs can range up to a couple of thousand dollars, it is possible to purchase an air purifier for about $600 that will control and remove such VOCs as mineral spirits and petroleum-based solvents in areas up to 1,500 square feet. HEPA filters in your home furnace can effectively reduce irritants that may trigger asthma.

HEPA filters have a fine 0.3 micron mesh that can filter most pollutants and allergens in the air, but are not capable of filtering out smoke, fumes and odors. They are noisier but often more effective than other air purifiers. It is a very effective air purifying system but the filters must be changed to remain really effective.

Standard ionic air purifiers are limited to creating ions in only a single room as ions are physical particles which cannot pass through or go around walls. Negative ions also cannot be channeled through metal heating and cooling ductwork where they would be grounded. Standard air purifiers are designed to remove particles from the air such as dust, pollen and pet dander, while specialized filters can be highly effective in removing odors, gases, chemicals and smoke. In general, air cleaners clean the air in one of three ways: by collecting particles in filters (either mechanical or electronic), by creating an ionic (static) charge to attract particles onto a collection plate, or through some combination of these methods.

Effective portable air purifiers will eliminate at least 99% of airborne pollutants that pass through their filters, capturing particles such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and smoke. Some air purifiers are even effective at fighting germs such as bacteria, viruses, mold spores and fungi. Effective air purifiers, like Honeywell air purifiers, eliminate at least 99% of airborne pollutants that pass through their filters, capturing common allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander and smoke.

Effective and relatively inexpensive, HEPA filters were first developed to remove radioactive particles from the air in nuclear facilities. The government has established a HEPA definition: In order for a filter to be designated as HEPA, the manufacturer must demonstrate that it absorbs and removes at least 99.97% of 0.3 micrometer airborne particle pollutants.

Practice This Allergy Advice If You Often Sneezing

People everywhere struggle with allergies for different reasons. Some people have allergies caused by pets, while others have them because of pollen. Either way, they are treated in the same manner. Read this article for advice to help you treat your allergies and you will breath better in no time.

If you are troubled by different allergies in your home, try putting a dehumidifier or two in the common areas of your living space. Reducing the humidity by at least half can really cut down on potential mold growth, and mold is known to be a big contributor to allergies.

One of the easiest things that you can do if you suffer from seasonal allergies is to try taking an over-the-counter antihistamine. Sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose are all symptoms of seasonal allergies.They can be relieved by many readily available medicines. Be cautious though, b] many of these antihistamines will make you drowsy, so you might not be able to drive.

You may want to reconsider how you dry your clothes. A clothes line is a wonderful place to dry your clothes, but not if you are an allergy sufferer. If you hang our clothes outside, you invite pollen and other irritants from the outdoors on to all your laundry. This can cause a lot of problems when it increases allergy symptoms.

Outdoor allergies can make it difficult to enjoy the warm weather in spring. Everything is pollinating which makes it impossible to avoid breathing pollen laden air, so your best defense is probably medication. There are several good over-the-counter medications which are very effective. A few of them even last 24 hours so you can live a nearly normal life.

Consider changing your diet. Often, people are allergic to more than one thing. When they cut out one allergen, they can deal with the others better. You may not think you have a food allergy, but try cutting out the common culprits such as gluten and dairy. You might feel much better.

If you have allergies, one hidden danger to you may be the damp areas of your home. Places like basements and garages will harbor mold and instigate attacks, so either avoid these areas during the damp season, or see that they are thoroughly cleaned with a simple solution of bleach and water.

While certain foods can hurt your allergies, other foods may be helpful. For instance, when eating your favorite meal, add horseradish, chili pepper, and hot mustard. All of these work by cleaning out pollen and any other particles that you may have in your nose. It will clear your nasal passages.

A huge cause for allergies for many people is pet dander. You can help reduce the amount of pet dander in your home by, washing your pets at least once a week. If you have cats, brush them at least once a week outside the home to reduce the dander.

As you can see, there are many things that you can do that could help you combat your allergies. So do not wait any longer. Get up and put the great advice you just read about to use. Stop being afraid of your allergies and start living a normal life again.

Need to sneeze? Just Say Cucumber

Need To Sneeze? Just Say Cucumber

(And other essential sneeze facts)

You probably hadnt given it much thought but a sneeze is actually very interesting.

For example:

It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open and it’s also physically impossible to sneeze whilst you are asleep (due to certain sneeze receptors which it seems also go to sleep and do not send the required message to the brain).But there’s more…

* The myth that your heart stops beating when you sneeze is exactly that-just a myth however, your rhythm and blood flow do change.
* We say ‘bless you’ because of the belief we were expelling demons each time we sneezed.
* A sneeze comes out at 100 mph and the saliva can travel up to 6 feet.
* Plucking your eyebrows can stimulate certain nasal nerves that make you sneeze and you should not ‘hold’ a sneeze by suppressing it as some doctors consider this to be dangerous.
* Britain’s Donna Griffiths sneezed every minute for 978 days of her life
* And saying ‘lamp’ or ‘cucumber’ repeatedly when you know you are about to sneeze can stop you from sneezing.
* Also, it’s a darn good idea to always carry a hanky just in case you may need it.

Sneezing and back pain

I decided to write this article because I had a client in the clinic last week who had ‘put his back out’ the last two times when he was sitting on the toilet. He said that he was sitting there and had the urge to sneeze and as he sneezed he felt a searing pain in his lower back which put him in agony for many days.
I told him that firstly his back was probably rounded or slouched as he sat on the toilet which already strains the ligaments and puts a backwards force on the discs. It’s the same as what happens with the neck vertebra and discs (for more please read “why does my neck hurt?” and ‘lower back pain, disc problems and sciatica’ ) when in bad posture. So his ligaments were already straining, his discs were already under strain as well and then he sneezed which put enormous intra abdominal force against the back as well and ‘bang’, his back could take no more.

Heres the secret:
when you have to cough or sneeze-adopt good posture (an inward arch in the lower back) and sneeze or cough upwards. This will take the pressure off the discs and you will save your back.

The Sneezing, Sniffling, Itchy Watering Eyes Treatment That Works

Although many people don’t think about making an appointment with their chiropractic doctor when that rag weed has you sneezing and sniffling and your eyes are watering maybe they should.

How Traditional Medicine Treats Allergies

Most people visit their medical clinic when they begin suffering from symptoms of allergies and your medical professional almost always gives you something that treats the symptoms and relieves your discomfort. However, although you feel better once your discomfort is relieved, these treatments only deal with the symptoms of your allergy after you have an attack, they do nothing to lessen the effects of the allergies before you begin having symptoms. It’s a little like chasing down the horse after he has bolted rather than closing the barn door before he decides to make a run for it. Chiropractic care on the other hand often closes and bolts the door before the horse even knows that the barn door is open.

The Chiropractic Approach To Allergies

The chiropractic approach to allergies is completely different from that of traditional medicine. First, you need to understand that chiropractors do not treat the symptoms of allergies. What they do is locate and correct serious nervous system stress which helps your immune system to function more effectively. The more effectively your nervous system functions the better able it is to neutralize those allergy causing chemicals which helps prevent an allergic reaction from taking place.

In cases, where your allergies are already affecting you, a chiropractic adjustment will help your immune system deal with the allergens thus relieving your symptoms naturally without the need for medications that can have adverse side effects which may result in even more health issues later in life.

All Natural Treatment

Chiropractors use all natural treatments to help you achieve good health. This will include advice on diet and exercise as well as vertebrae adjustments that will help your immune system function at it’s most efficient level which will prevent a number of illnesses and diseases including those allergies. Not only will you feel better during hay fever season but, you will feel better all year long. With proper and regular chiropractic treatment you are less likely to suffer from colds, flu and yes those pesky allergies leaving you to feel better no matter what the season. So the next time you think about your chiropractor and chiropractor care remember that he can help you prevent that sneezing, sniffling, itchy watery eyes feelings that allergies cause

Sneezing, Runny Eyes and Itchy Skin

Every morning, I am blissfully awakened by the sound of Canada geese, honking their way overhead, flying in the great “V” in the sky – No, wait a minute. That’s just my son waking up and sneezing and honking his way into a new day with several allergies.

So what is the connection between clutter and allergies?

First, let’s examine what causes indoor allergies. One huge culprit is dust mites. These are microscopic creatures that live everywhere in your home, but particularly love bedding, cushions and carpets. Enlarged a million times, they resemble the alien that Sigourney Weaver battled, which is terrifying to think about, so let’s don’t.

But it’s not the bugs that are allergenic – it’s their poop. Okay, it’s getting really gross now. Let’s just say that when there is lots of clutter about, it’s harder to clean and thoroughly vacuum and dust. So all that dust mite stuff hangs about, gathering in greater amounts and triggering many sneezing episodes.

What to do? De-clutter.

First, every item in your home is a potential storage container for dust mites and their debris. That includes upholstered furniture, bedding, and piles of things in the corners. To really get a handle on interior allergens, it’s important to thoroughly vacuum and dust regularly (weekly at the minimum). It’s very hard to clean thoroughly if there’s stuff all over the floor and in the corners.

Children’s rooms are prone to stuffed animal clutter – and guess what? Those little bundles of artificial fur and stuffing are little resorts for dust mites. If your child is deeply attached to armies of animals, please limit the number that actually live on the bed. And wash those stuffed animals regularly as well – in very hot water.

Another feast for dust mites are those articles of clothing that you’ve dropped on the floor before going to bed. Yep, they love those piles of fragrant, sweat-infused cloth. So it’s a good idea to either hang them up in a closet or put them in a drawer or throw them in the laundry rather than having a second carpet of dirty socks and shirts.

Closets can also be a haven for dust mites if things are jammed in there and there is no room to breathe. Take this opportunity to go through all your clothes and see what still fits and flatters. Remove the rest in the interest of health. Also, keep the closet doors open every so often to air it out.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of how to deal with dust mites. But I’m hoping you can see the connection between piles of clutter and piles of dust mite debris. A clear, uncluttered environment will help you clean and reduce indoor allergens.

What Makes People Sneeze?

Sneezing happens when a strong blast of air is suddenly expelled from the nose and sometimes the mouth (if it remains open). The fancy medical term for sneezing is sternutation. It is a normal, natural in-born response just like scratching, coughing, and yawning. Sneezing is a semi-autonomous reflex. This means that the act of sneezing is somewhat involuntary (we have no or little control over it), instantaneous, and is a response to a stimulus in the environment.

Although some folks sneeze more often than others, sneezing is usually a common occurrence for most people. Even tiny babies sneeze. So do many types of animals. The function of a sneeze is to rid the body of foreign particles or irritants that may be trapped inside the nasal passageway. This happens when an irritant (such as pollen, dust, or pepper) tickles the nasal lining and sends a signal to the brain. The brain responds by coordinating a complicated reaction that involves the body’s eyelids closing, lungs filling up with air, abdomen tightening, and contracting of the diaphragm (the large muscle below the lungs that is necessary for breathing). It’s impossible to sneeze while you’re sleeping, or to sneeze with your eyes open.

There are a variety of factors and situations that can cause a person to sneeze. Some involve illness. Others involve the surrounding environment. Here are some of the most common causes:

Allergies. People who are allergic to dust, mold, mildew, pollen, perfumes, or pet dander (such as from a dog or cat) may experience irritation of the nasal passages which can result in sneezing. Hay fever is an allergy-related cause of sneezing that affects thousands of people worldwide.

Irritants. Excessive amounts of dust, smoke, chemicals, or particulates in the air can trigger sneezing as a protective mechanism in order to clear the nasal passageways and avoid airway obstruction.

Bright light. Some people sneeze after looking at the sun or at a bright light. Although the scientific term for this is the photic sneeze reflex, it is more commonly known as “sun sneezing.”

Cold air. Exposure to cold air can trigger the sneeze reflex.

Plucking eyebrows. When you pluck your eyebrow hairs you may inadvertently stimulate the Trigeminal nerve which has branches that extend to the eyebrows and also into the nose. This in turn can trigger a sneeze response. For this reason, you can sometimes avoid sneezing by immediately applying pressure to your eyebrow.

Illness. Respiratory infections can cause sneezing from inflammation of the nasal passages. The act of sneezing can project mucous and germs at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, that can travel a distance of over 10 feet, spreading up to 40,000 tiny germ-filled droplets. For this reason, it is exceedingly polite and health-conscious to cover your sneeze by sneezing into the crook of your elbow. Those around you will be grateful.

Sneeze Free Allergy Season

Spring is in the air and unfortunately, so are allergies. Use these tips and products that are dedicated to stop itchy, watery eyes and uncontrollable sneezing!

Start in your household. Kick your old vacuum cleaner to the curb and try a new and improved HEPA vacuum. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. These vacuums eat cookie crumbs and clean the air. Ol’ fashioned vacuums lift dust and spit it back into the air, causing your allergies to flare. It may be a big purchase, but it’s worth the cost.
Pod Purifiers. Keep your home dcor stylish with the AirPod Purifier. These mod accessories will suck in the bad and expel the good. The lustrous look of an iPod dock and the power of a HEPA filter will help you wave buh-bye to those pesky allergies.
Defend allergies with detergent. Washing your trendy spring wardrobe in Seven Generation laundry detergent will also help in the fight against allergens. This detergent is not only hypoallergenic, but also made from non-toxic and biodegrable products. Don’t forget to throw your bedding in the wash bi-weekly to zap dust mites and cat dander. No more staying up because your nose is running!

Upgrade your pet. Are you in a kitty-phobic household because of allergies? Have no fear, you can still get Fluffy. It just may cost you a pretty penny or two, or three, or four. The going rate for an allergy free furball is $3,950.00. Bred in Los Angeles, the Allerca hypoallergenic cat looks like any other average cat, but won’t cause you to go into a sneezing frenzy.

Push away pollen. Avoid close contact with pollens if possible. Avoid working outside during allergy season, especially during early mornings on warm, dry, breezy days. If you are outdoorsy, pick up a facemask, designed to filter pollen from entering your nasal passages. Try keeping doors and windows shut during peak pollen producing times as well. Don’t let it ruin your vacation though. Instead, get away to beach areas where you will be exposed to minimum pollen.
Get out and enjoy the sunshine. Here’s to a sneeze free spring season!