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.

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.

How To Control Sneezing

Your goal with sneezing is to avoid the increasing loss of CO2. If you tend to get caught up is a series of sneezes where you may sneeze from 6 to 60 times in a row, then you know how long it can take to recover.

Each time you sneeze you effectively take a big deep breath, and then blow it out. Each time you do this you lose more CO2, which in turn makes your nose more sensitive, and then another trigger another sneeze is produced.

The more you sneeze, the more likely it is that you will sneeze again! The best approach is to avoid the first sneeze, or failing that the second sneeze. If you hardly ever sneeze, or sneeze only when something like a fly blows up your nose, then this approach is not relevant. However, if the tiniest little smell or atom of pollen or dust affects you, then you can benefit from this.

The sneeze is a useful tool for expelling foreign substances from your breathing system. However, when you have caused your sneeze reflex to become too sensitive [by losing too much CO2], then you will sneeze when it is not needed to remove a foreign substance from your breathing system. The sneeze trigger becomes too sensitive!

The main rule is that you should not try to smother or contain a full blown sneeze. If the sneeze gets to the point where you cannot stop it, let it out, and try to prevent the next one. If you try to contain a sneeze you have the potential to damage your hearing.

Before each sneeze there is always a warning that it is coming. This is the tickle or itchi sensation in your nose. If you act quickly as soon as you feel the itch, you can prevent the sneeze.

Your actions consist of recognizing that your have been breathing too deeply, and you have lost too much CO2, so you must trap some more into quickly. The simplest way to do this is to stop breathing. You can hold your breath, just as you do in a Measurement Pause, or you can do what they used to do in the movies!

If you are a fan of cowboy movies you will be able to picture a scene where our hero and his partner are being pursued by a bunch of nasty bandits. At a very tense point where our heros are hiding close to the bad guys, the not-so-bright partner of our hero will begin to pre-sneeze. He will go ooh ooh hih, but before the loud achoo arrives our hero will place his forefinger under his partners nose, his breathing will reduce, and the sneeze will be avoided [saving them from detection by the bandits and certain death!] You do not need the banditos to stop your sneezes.

You need only the realization that greatly reducing the depth of your breathing will trap in more CO2, and will relieve the itch which start with the sneeze.

Everyone knows that the simple act of putting your finger under your nose can stop a sneeze ó it has surely been known at least as long as movies have been around. Now you know how and why it works, and you can make it work better for yourself. The same applies for most itches that occur in the triangle that can be drawn from the centre of your upper lip to your right temple to your left temple. This includes itchy eyes and itchy noses. If you find yourself touching your face to scratch your nose, or rub your eyes or check your breathing. See if you can make the itch go away just by breathing like a mouse. It is very likely that it will just disappear.

You can reduce the impact of things like pollens and dust mites [and droppings] if your reduce your breathing depth as soon as you sense these triggers. For example, if smelling smoke has made your nose itch and eyes scratchy in the past, then you can reduce this if your reduce your breathing depth. [Obviously better to avoid them if you can, but at least now you can cope when you have to.] Another example might be vacuuming or mowing lawns as this stirs up lots of dust and muck so you can reduce the effect if you suffocate a little while you are exposed. [Mouth closed of course!] So, to summarize about sneezing At the first sign of the warning itch in your nose that a sneeze may be building, stop your breathing, trap in some extra CO2, and try to make the itch reduce.

If you are too late to stop the first sneeze, try to stop the next one. Do this by doing a Measurement Pause straight after the first sneeze, and then breathing only just enough to stay alive. [Pretend there is a really bad smell!!]

Do not try to hold a sneeze in if you cannot stop or you may implode [just kidding]. Just work on stopping the next one. There is another benefit is stopping the sneeze cycle as soon as possible. Each sneeze causes the release of more histamines which make the whole area more sensitive. These chemicals stay in your face for quite a while before making even a slight breeze enough to make you itch. Once they break down, the whole area in the triangle described above becomes less.

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Babies Sneezing

A lot of mothers are concerned about their babies’ sneezing, thinking that they might have caught a cold or they might be allergic to something. The truth is that sneezing is very frequently encountered with babies, but it is also harmless in most of the cases. The fact that your baby is sneezing doesn’t necessarily mean that they are sick. There can be a lot of causes and this is often good for them because it helps with their respiratory ways and prevents infections and flu.

There can be a lot of explanations for why your baby sneezes. First of all, this may be a way of releasing their respiratory ways or they can clean their throat if they sneeze. Also, it can be a reaction to different things around them, such as dust, animals, smoke, meaning that their respiratory ways are irritated. Also, this may be their way of getting accustomed to the world around them especially during the first month. In fact, this can even be the way they get accustomed to breathing.

During the winter, the dry air in the house can contribute to their nasal irritation, turning sneezing into a problem. Of course, you can treat it with nose drops based on salty water. Also, you can put a bowl with water on the radiator so that there is more humidity in the air. Sneezing can also be a sign that your baby is eliminating the impurities in their body.

Whichever the cause is, you should know that you should never stop your baby from sneezing. Therefore, don’t panic anymore if your baby starts sneezing because it is usually normal for their age.

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