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Christmas Tree Allergy Symptoms & Remedies

xmas-treeYou’ve probably already put up your Christmas tree and may find yourself suffering from a runny nose, sinus headaches or general feeling of fatigue.

If so, it might be more than just the winter cold. A spike in respiratory-related emergency room visits around Christmas caused experts to take a closer look at possible related causes. They discovered that cold, flu, and asthma-type symptoms during the holiday season may have their root cause in Christmas trees. But it’s generally not the tree itself that causes these “real Christmas tree allergies.”

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How to Prevent Fall Allergies

While most people think of spring when discussing seasonal allergies, fall allergies can cause just as many problems. Allergies run rampant throughout this season, and when fall allergy symptoms are left untreated they can exacerbate a variety of other health issues. For those who are wondering how to avoid allergies this autumn, itchy eyes, runny noses, and headaches, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

Outdoor Allergens

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When I think about fall allergies, the first thing that comes to mind are the weeds that creep up on my property. Even those with a well-maintained lawn or attractive garden may not realize just how many unwanted plants and other types of organic material will wreak havoc on their family’s allergies. When the seasons begin to change, it’s time to take a fresh look at preventative steps.

This includes cleansing your yard of outdoor allergens such as:

-Ragweed
-Dead leaves
-Rain gutter debris
-Pet waste

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#BetheEnd of Breast Cancer with the Rabbit Air

Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Special Edition Air PurifierThe month of October brings with it many beloved things. You’ll see changing leaves, bask in cooler temperatures, get revved up for your favorite football team, and (if you’re like me) enjoy a good Halloween candy binge. You’ll also see pink, lots and lots of pink, helping to raise awareness and research funding as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You’ll even see pink at Sylvane.com thanks to Rabbit Air and the new Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Special Edition Air Purifier.

Since 2007, Rabbit Air has been a proud partner of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The company has raised more than $85,000 for the organization and helped spread knowledge and awareness through its stylish BCRF edition air purifiers. This year, Rabbit Air has given the pink treatment to its newest model, the BioGS 2.0 HEPA Air Purifier.

This award-winning air purifier is a smart ultra-quiet air cleaner that features:

  • a robust 4-stage HEPA filtration system with 5 speeds,
  • an intelligent air quality monitor,
  • a user-friendly digital interface,
  • an eco-friendly design, and
  • a super-efficient motor that keeps operating costs low.
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The super sleek Rabbit Air BioGS 2.0 BCRF Air Purifier

Best for treating large rooms up to 625 square feet, the BioGS 2.0 filters out many of the common airborne allergens that aggravate your symptoms the most like pollen, pet dander, mold, dust, smoke particles, and irritating odors. Its onboard air quality monitor brings “set it and forget it” convenience to your life by monitoring the level of pollutants in your air and adjusting the purification speed automatically. Plus, its cutting-edge Brushless Direct Current Motor and 5 smooth fan speeds keeps the operating noise level low. In fact, it’s nearly silent on the lowest speed, making it a great tool for clean air while you sleep.

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Breathe Smarter: Start-Up Creating Wearable Air Quality Sensor

chip2Asthma sufferers and people with respiratory illnesses know the importance of the air quality around them. While air quality maps and expensive technology give general air quality information, there’s not yet an inexpensive way to track air quality around you in real time.

But that may be about to change: A start-up company called ChemiSense is developing a wearable air quality sensor to track your immediate air quality in real time.

The air quality sensor can be worn around your wrist and connect to your smart phone through an app. Its air quality sensors will send information to the user’s smart phone, which will alert them about the quality of the air around them. This information could help people with respiratory conditions avoid issues, reduce asthma flare-ups, and keep tabs on exposure in highly-polluted areas. Continue reading…

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Must-Haves For a Healthy, Clean Dorm Room

collegeIs summer really almost over? If my morning commute was any indication, the answer is definitely yes. While the end of summer really only affects my commute and time spent at the pool, there are parents across the country sending kids off to college for the first time.

Described as “the best 4 years of your life,” college living situations (particularly old, dirty dorms) are generally less than ideal. I was in for quite a shock when I first walked into my dorm room–it was dusty, hot, and a far cry from the house I grew up in…and for better or worse, my college apartments never got much better.

So whether your child is off to college for the first time or heading back after summer, they’re probably entering a less-than-desirable living situation. Here are some must-have products to improve their air quality and keep them comfortable for the school year ahead.

Eva-Dry E-100 Eliminator Buckets

eva-dry-e-100-eliminator-bucketsThe Eva-Dry E-100 is a unique disposable product that removes moisture and odors for up to 60 days. Its carbon and micro-absorbing crystals absorb moisture, musty odors, and allergens from closets, storage bins, and other small areas. They’re ideal for college students who don’t have easy access to laundry facilities and are living in small dorm rooms with poor air quality.

Even better, they fit into any college student’s budget since they cost around $20. In fact, the Eliminator buckets are on sale right now! Continue reading…