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Re: New Haven Resident Learns to Manage Allergies, Severe Asthma and COPD Despite Poor Air Quality and High Pollen

Deborah Bartlett ·
Thank you Shea, for your concern in this matter. It certainly is an important issue. We should all do our best to try and eliminate air pollution!
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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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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Katie D ·
Which means more fun and play time with his friends!
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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

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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Re: How One Mom Uses Air Quality Alerts to Help Keep Son With Asthma Healthy

Kathy P ·
I may need to start tracking this for myself - especially for when I bike!
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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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Allergymom ·
I vacuum (almost) daily and we always shower before bed. Pollen is a big trigger for my LO.
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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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

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

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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

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 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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

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

Jwlbug28 ·
I vacuum and dust quite a bit.
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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 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 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: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Johnk ·
We've been working on our house to remove carpets and replace with hard wood floors. Looks are much better, it is much easier to clean, and removes a lot of irritants from the house. I know some people don't like hardwood floors, particularly in the winter as they feel cold, but I have to wear footwear all the time due to foot problems. So I generally wear crocs around the house if I don't have my outdoor footwear on (shoes or sneakers).
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Victoria E ·
As someone who suffers from asthma, eczema, environmental allergies, mold allergies and food allergies, keeping a clean home is imperative for my health. Our entire first floor is hardwood, although unfortunately, our bedrooms are still carpeted. To counteract this allergen "trap", I hire a professional allergy & asthma certified carpet cleaner twice per year, and follow up with twice-weekly vacuums using a HEPA-Filter Dyson vacuum. In the bedroom, where I'm spending at least 8-hours per...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

CS ·
Allergies are the worst. The Dyson filter should make it easier to manage your allergies.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

RSweezy ·
Good luck with this contest. Hope to win to help with those awful allergies.
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

Gloria ·
I had to retire early because I had almost constant asthma attacks from fragrance. I feel much better since I can now avoid most of them.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Gloria ·
I try to keep my house really clean, but this is my sanctuary; and everything I can do helps!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Isacastle ·
I’m terrified with the information about roaches I have a dog and two cats and their food stays out from time to time I found German roaches and kept calling the exterminator but he said it was a lost battle with the little ones. My asthma is not under control I think between the roaches and the pets I have I’ll be dead soon ����
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

MYTH1977 ·
I find air purifiers to be helpful all year around. I would strongly recommend a Holmes air purifier brand!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

MichiganB ·
I make sure to wash my bedding often and vacuum weekly (at least). I have special filters that cover my floor/heating vents in my bedroom. I also have a special window screen I can pop in my window that filters the air...so I can have my window open (during allergy flare-ups and farming season!) It's adjustable and portable - I love that window filter!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

lisalisa29 ·
For my bedroom, I always wash my sheets in HOT and wash them weekly. I use unscented detergent so I won't have any issues with allergies. I have wood floors so it's easy to sweep. I have allergy covers on my pillows for dust mites and same with the mattress. I have roller blinds on my bedroom windows, no drapes! I have a HEPA filter in my furnace as well!
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

lisalisa29 ·
In my kitchen I use natural products to clean. I have wood floors so it's easy to clean. I steam clean the wood floor too! I try to keep the kitchen clean as much as I can but especially dishes and garbage because I have a keen sense of smell and it bothers me and my allergies. I dust weekly. Put leftovers or snacks in sealed containers. Can't really use sponges in the kitchen because the smell of them bother me and they can get moldy.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jo in Houston ·
Good graphic; I am a graphic designer, myself. :-) The article is concise and relatively thorough - even my CP specialist's secretary did not know to leave the bathroom fan on after showering! I use a 3-stage air filter in my bedroom, I wash the bedding weekly in hot water, as well as the bath towels from the en suite. I treat the tub and toilet with well-diluted apple cider vinegar or another non-toxic antibacterial frequently, running the exhaust fan (no window) and wearing a mask and...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

ocheerio54 ·
I make sure that I vacuum weekly and wash my carpets once a month to avoid dust and anything else that might be hiding in my living room carpets. I also open windows to let some fresh air in also.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Jo in Houston ·
I have good results with the Germ Guardian 3-stage air purifier, made sure to get a floor-standing one large enough for the entire room plus a little. $89-99 at Best Buy a couple of years ago. It is same size as a column-shaped room fan. A little loud on high so I leave it running on high for a few hours before bedtime (even all day while at work) with the door closed, and turn it down when I go to bed. I can tell a difference in the air when I enter the bedroom.
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

jjtre ·
Our family suffers from asthma triggered by fragrances and other chemicals. We are so happy you are informing people that wearing fragrance or products/clothing that emit fragrance are deadly for many people with asthma. We cannot go anywhere where we cannot leave if someone were to come in the room with "fragrance" known to be toxic chemicals. Most importantly, our hearts break for children who are trapped in a classsroom all day. Many laundry detergents/fabric softners emit persistent...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Johnk ·
In regards to @OCHEERIO54 washing carpets. I find it amazing how much carpets retain unwanted stuff (dust, etc). I am just finishing some work in my house where we removed carpet to install hard wood floors (I know not everyone can do this $$$). When I pulled up the carpets which were about 25 years old (yes I had a mask on!) there was an unbelievable amount of this stuff in and under the carpets, even under the padding. This is down deep where cleaners can't get them. Areas with heavy...
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

5starbabez ·
I suffer from asthma and eczema both my dad had it but now he doesn't i do i try my best to stay away from grilling and smoke and perfumes and foods that i get allergies from like fish and wheat and oranges and more u should never take these easy u should always be a wear of what u eat and sleep and breathe so take care and i am only 14yrs old but take care
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Yooper Annie ·
I have a drug allergy but I also have allergies that haven't been able to be diagnosed. I believe one of them is the Asian beetle but they don't have a test for it in my remote area of Doctors. I use a Holmes Air Purifier in my bedroom and I vacuum up the Beetles when I see them. They are already all over my windows upstairs as it is getting cooler out at night. I think this year is going to be a bad one based on my observation of their numbers thus far. I also wash sheets often and keep...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Kitchen

Rachelp ·
This is a great article. It's easy to become lax and less vigilant as time goes by. I am happy to say that my asthma is under control because of my daily controller medicine. I also am attentive about no aerosols being used in the house. Thank you for the continued information and great reminders!!
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

Jen ·
@jjtre I hear you about all of the scents these days. Walking down the cleaning aisle of the grocery store is like an assault on my senses. @5starbabez Welcome to posting. How do you avoid your allergens? Do you carry epinephrine?
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Lisangel ·
We have to be very aggressive because my asthma and allergies are so severe, I've been intubated a couple of times in the last year. We keep air purifiershow next to my side of the bed and an additional one near the foot of the bed. Also next to the couch in living room. We actually have them in every room but those are the important extras. I frequently, always when outside the house and occasionally inside, wear a mask rated n95 or better. All of my clothes and linens are rinsed three...
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FreeSpririt ·
Wash all bedding weekly. Hardwood floors throughout home. Minimal clutter. Run a small room air purifier in bedroom, but nothing in great room area.
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Re: Improve Air Quality to Make Your Workplace Better for Employees With Asthma

RSkalak ·
I’ve never thought of improving the air quality at my work because I don’t get the right support for anything so I didn’t bother asking. I don’t have food allergies but I have a lot of environmental allergies and I take Flonase, Zyrtec, Fluticasone, Eye drops, and Benadryl at night just to sleep. I’d probably be a great candidate for Xolair! I also have asthma. It’s been interesting to say the least!
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