Tagged With "air quality"

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World Asthma Day Twitter Chat: Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality

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Storify: Bilingual Twitter chat to discuss Latinos & The Crisis of Air Quality on World Asthma Day (May 2, 2107).
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How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

AAFA Community Services ·
How are children with asthma affected by poor air quality? The first week of May marks Air Quality Awareness Week . The EPA measures air quality to tell us how clean or polluted the air is. This has special significance for people with asthma. Air pollution is a trigger for some people with asthma. Through custom alerts, you can track air quality to plan outdoor activities, such as outdoor recess. That’s how one New Jersey mom realized her son with asthma was running into breathing...
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Now Recruiting: Study Examining Indoor Air Quality & Asthma Triggers in Maryland Children

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The National Center for Healthy Housing is looking for Maryland families with children suffering from asthma to join an important study about indoor air quality. The study looks at whether improving indoor air quality at home can: reduce asthma symptoms reduce asthma attacks improve quality of life for children and their parents This is the first study in the U.S. to examine middle class families in single-family homes. Certain families will receive extensive home improvements—at no...
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Love to hear how this Mom is using the alerts to help her better manage both her and her sons asthma. The Air Quality Flag Program sounds like a great idea and hope more schools join.
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Lisa K ·
It really helps. When I get the alerts and he takes his inhaler before recess or outdoor gym, he almost never has any issues.
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Katie D ·
Lisa K posted: It really helps. When I get the alerts and he takes his inhaler before recess or outdoor gym, he almost never has any issues. Which means more fun and play time with his friends!
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Lisa K ·
Exactly! That's the most important thing to him. It's a win win... I get a healthy kid, and he gets to run around with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Jen ·
Lisa - I'm glad this has made a difference for you and your son.
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Kathy P ·
I may need to start tracking this for myself - especially for when I bike!
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Weakening the Clean Air Act Will Worsen Asthma for Millions

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Ozone is a gas that can irritate the lining of the lungs, causing damage. It can reduce lung function and make it harder for you to breathe deeply. Car exhaust, chemicals and industrial facilities create ozone. High temperatures from climate change make ozone worse. Ozone contributes to what we call “smog.” 1 As ozone increases, so do asthma rates. Research has directly linked ozone to asthma attacks. 2 High levels of ozone even affects people with healthy lungs. Unless we take action now to...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

AnnaAllergyMom ·
Our house is 60 years old with a tiny kitchen. Before reading this article I didn't even think about improving air quality there, but it has to be terrible. Would love to win this for my allergy girls!
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

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Studies show that poor outdoor air quality can worsen asthma and allergies. This news may make you think you need to stay indoors to avoid air pollution. But your indoor air may actually be worse than the outdoor air.
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

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Your indoor air can actually be worse than outdoor air. This is because your indoor air is made up of the outdoor air that comes in your home, plus allergens, scents and chemicals in the home.
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Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

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Improving the air quality in your living room and bedroom is an important part of managing your asthma and allergies. But did you know the air quality of your kitchen is important too?
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EskimoPie ·
Baking soda is also an excellent cleaning agent as well as natural odor eliminator (takes mold as well as urine smell out of clothes or grout around toilets). Please use a face mask when doing this, and outer clothing covering. (I have bad mold allergies from a previous job where black mold was unknowingly present) Take a teaspoon of baking soda and 2 cups of water put in a spray bottle. Spray on mold, wipe down and rinse, then re-apply area with baking soda mixture or vinegar and allow to...
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Tammy 1972 ·
Vacuuming, washing curtains and bedding in the hottest water possible for the type of fabric. Unfortunately I need allergy medicine year round. I would like to try a air purifier/cleaner.
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Allergymom ·
I vacuum (almost) daily and we always shower before bed. Pollen is a big trigger for my LO.
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kbperry ·
Having allergies and asthma are very new to me and to my son. Our current situation we are limited so right now we have just a fan and a salt lamp. This would really help my son and I.
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MBR ·
I vacuum at least once a week...kind of obsessed with it now. We have pets that work their way into our bedroom and I know they drag all kinds of stuff in. I am allergic to trees, pollen and grass so I have ben known to wash our sheets at least once a week if not twice. this is all new to me as I was diagnosed with allergies and asthma at the age of 53 - crazy as no history of asthma in our family. (I did have slight allergies after having kids but nothing major like now).
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Lemon Harris ·
I would love to have this filter as my neighbors have cats and it would really help with the indoor air quality. It's hard for me to open windows due to outdoor allergens.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Tiffany F. ·
My daughter has asthma and I wash her stuffed animals monthly, and we are working on removing the carpet from areas of our home. I am taking down her fluffy curtains to minimize dust and embracing minimalism when it comes to fabric soft surfaces in her room. I vacuum daily with my Dyson HEPA v6 stick vacuum since the filter on it is so good. We currently own 2 Germ Guardian HEPA air filters, one is in her bedroom and runs all night - but would love to trade them for a Dyson model!
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Shea ·
We do not have pets that we are allergic to in our home. We have a HEPA purifier in each bedroom (although one is stsrting to kick out on me) . We do use Zippered cases on all mattresses and pillows (they are a pain to take on/off but I just have twin beds so I handle it), and I do weekly washing of sheets and everything in hot water. Also wash curtains biweekly. Hard floong, so that is good, one small washable rug in the room. Dust and vacuum, vacuum the purifier and do the ceiling fans 1-2...
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Elena Meluso ·
Right now the biggest thing I do is also vacuum, I'd love to own an air purifier! I have not been able to invest in one yet. I have pollen allergies and also sensitive to some local trees to my area. This is not regarding air but I have tried to consume local honey to help with my allergies.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Elena Meluso ·
I try to keep the dust wiped in my kitchen and run a mini dehumidifier in the muggy months since I am sensitive to humidity. Also consume local honey
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

Elena Meluso ·
Right now I keep it vacuumed daily in my living room - would love to own an air purifier and love dyson products!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Shea ·
I use Seventh generation cleaning sprays, hand soap, and dish soaps. A lot of fragrances, soaps, and bleachy cleaning products bother my skin and asthma. I use vinegar, lemon juice, and tea tree oil as well. My biggest struggle currently is the smell from cooking certain things... I may just need to clean the inside of my oven more, but I just finished baking potatoes and the smell really got to me. I tried my best to air out but I don't have a hood fan, so I just vacuumed and blew my desk...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Ravenia Vicaro ·
I would love to win a dyson filter because I have cat allergies and my cat is a service animal for my son with Austism so its more important to keep him than my allergies but this filter would really help. I vacuum my bedroom to try to keep it under control now.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Ravenia Vicaro ·
I would love to win a dyson filter because I have cat allergies and my cat is a service animal for my son with Austism so its more important to keep him than my allergies but this filter would really help. I vacuum my bedroom to try to keep it under control now.
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Asthma warrior ·
I vacuume twice a week I use new air filters I don't let my animals in the bedroom. I use a CPAP machine so I must keep things clean.
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Jwlbug28 ·
I vacuum and dust quite a bit.
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kuntzmd ·
Over the past 3 years, I have become allergic to many thing including pollens and mold. I live in an environment where pollution has become a problem. Grew up in another part of the country. Stinks getting older. I have very old technology for air purifier. Can't find one that truly works. I currently vacuum4 times a week, bedding once a week, pillows once a month and replace every 6 months.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Natalie Connelly ·
We wash all bedding x1 or x2 a week. I try and make sure all bedding is washable. Our sons mattress is plastic covering to reduce allergens. We vacuum daily and keep all clothes I laundry room. No stuff animals in the rooms. Having the filter would help clean up whatever else is in the room.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

MicheleKaunitz ·
We manage our indoor air quality through ensuring the home we just purchased has less than 10% carpet/fiber floor covering, removing all scented products (from fabric softener to candles and air fresheners), by using Norwex cloths vs dusting sprays, several Himalayan salt lamps placed throughout the house, a personal air purifying system in our son's bedroom with the door remaining closed, using Asthma & Allergy Foundation rated vacuum, removing all shoes prior to entering the main...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

Jessie ·
To keep our living room free of allergens, we have leather couches, blinds without curtains, no throw pillows and wood floors without area rugs. We would love to add a beautiful Dyson Pure Cool air cleaner!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

ElizabethH ·
We would love to win this filter! 3 family members with asthma and allergies. We wash bedding every week in very hot water (we wash my son's bedding 2x /wk). We vacuum & dust regularly (including ceiling fans & blinds) & keep windows closed to keep out the outdoor pollens that affect us. When my kids were younger, only washable stuffed animals on the bed (& they stayed there - could not "travel" around the house - but if they did travel, they got washed before heading back to...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

MooDaeng ·
We program Roomba to run daily. We don't wear shoes inside the house. I wash all blankets with warmest water possible for the fabric.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Anna B. ·
After having my son last year, I started reading up on the importance of air quality.We recently had a new AC unit and duct work put it (it was so old!). I was nervous about mold forming around AC vents and have taken precautions to prevent this. Purchased a humidity gauge to make sure the house doesn't get too humid. Our main goal is to prevent mold. We live in an old house (build in 1968), so of course there are concerns that come along with that. Would LOVE to have an air purifier to keep...
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Asthma, Cold Air and Exercise

Carter ·
winter makes me cool this humidifier before I got it was very bad, and now I feel much better !
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Asthma, Cold Air and Exercise

Maryrita ·
In this article it talks about the possibility of "cold dry air" causing an asthma attack. Does this also apply to cold "moist "air as I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and am surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Asthma, Cold Air and Exercise

Kathy P ·
Cold air in general can be an issue if you tend to breathe through your mouth. It doesn't have a chance to get warmed up before hitting your lungs.
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Asthma, Cold Air and Exercise

Kathy P ·
Hi Sue and welcome! Did the doc give you an asthma action plan on how to track your symptoms? Do your allergies trigger asthma? Do you have those controlled?
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Re: Winter Weather Advisory – Asthma, Cold Air and Exercise

Sue1949 ·
Hi, I saw an allergist two years ago, and a pulmonologist last week. Neither gave me a plan, although I asked for one. Sue
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Sue1949 ·
As for the allergies, I have had them under control for a year. My triggers seem to be cold weather, strong smells like bleach, perfume, and paint. Thanks☺
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Kathy P ·
All things that are difficult to avoid! As for the asthma plan, I'd push back on the pulmonologist for one. If need be, print out the one on the site here and ask him to fill it out. No need to reinvent the wheel.
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Sue1949 ·
I am new here and new to allergic asthma. I have had allergies all my life, but asthma for only a year or so. I am trying to find some helpful information about some practical things I can do to manage my symptoms. The doctor gave me the diagnosis, but I am left on my own to figure out how to live with it. I am glad to find this community.
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Winter Weather Advisory – Asthma, Cold Air and Exercise

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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America suggests these steps for reducing your chances of having winter’s cold air trigger your asthma...
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