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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

lisalisa29 ·
For my living room, I have beautiful wood floors. I sweep the wood floor and I vacuum the couches to perk them up and clean up dust, hair and debris/crumbs from them. I don't have a lot of items in the living room so less clutter to hold dust! I have a microfiber broom and duster that I use to clean the living room with too that I love, they really work great! I use a HEPA filter in my furnace too for better air too.
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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

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

Art Scott ·
At age 58, 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with asthma and allergies. I do my best to sweep the carpets, clean bed sheets, the mattress and dust the rooms. It is an on-going process and a air purifier would be a great help. It is scarry when I can't catch my breath enough to use the rescue inhaler. I use 2 inhalers and singular on a daily basis and any help would be great. Thanks for this offer Dyson!
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Lisangel ·
We leave things like that in another room that can be ventilated or the garage or if need be we stay elsewhere for a few days. Those chemicals can cause real problems unfortunately, especially if you already have respiratory issues. If you must have them near you then using a great air purifier, a mask rated n95 or above and appropriate antihistamines or decongestants are good options.
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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: 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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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Bedroom

Tiff ·
Hello! My asthma is pretty much the same way. Best advice that I have found is, make sure your filters are changed regularly, for one. I have also used a vaporizer to help combat dry air. I also use a rescue inhaler as needed.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

RSkalak ·
I have environmental allergies. We have hardwood floors which is nice. Linoleum floors in our kitchen. I Dust & vacuum every week and wash the bedding in our bedroom in warm water. I also wash our curtains at least once a month. When I clean I wear a mask and gloves. I keep a few plants in there as well to help purify the air. I have hypoallergenic pillows and Claritin allergy pillow cases. We have no carpet in the house. Only have a throw rug which I clean weekly.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

DanielleS ·
I enjoy cleaning my vents because I know it had a major impact on my families life. Dust, mold, mildew, dust mites, and etc build up in the vents and over time affects us dramatically. I use allergy friendly vent filters to purify the air. I vacuum regularly and replaced my floors with tile. I always recommend dehumidifiers for anyone suffering from allergies, Asthma, or sinus issues. Washing sheets in hot water and maintaining a healthy living environment is the key to an overall well being.
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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

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 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 Bedroom

GigiGibson ·
I developed adult onset asthma in 2016. Unfortunately it is severe. I took it seriously in part because I am a nurse but because I ended up in the ED three times September 2016. I have never been more scared. I thought I was going to die the first time. I began to read up on taking control of all I could. I bought an air purifier, actually my husband did as I was couchbound. I bought a mattress cover, pillow covers and new pillows. Recently I decluttered my room and took out scarves I had...
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Allergy Mom ·
I have a 5 year old with cough variant asthma. In the fall and winter (perhaps due to the season change?), I notice his coughing becomes much worse at night and in the morning. I am new to dealing with asthma (not having it myself), and am trying to find ways to ease his symptoms. This post and the comments were helpful! I’m going to make sure to do the following: -showers at night -air purifier for his room -thinking of taking out the carpet in his bedroom -washing pillows and bed linens...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

Victoria E ·
Thankfully, I find keeping the living room allergen free is a bit more simple than other rooms in the home. Our living room is covered with hardwood, which is easy to vacuum, Swiffer and mop with a steamer. I've used the Unscented Bona Hardwood Cleaner to work well on any spills - and find that effective. I purchased faux wood blinds, rather than fabric curtains to cover the window, which eliminates a dust trap. Our couch is velvet (not completely ideal for allergens), although I vacuum it...
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

MissyK17 ·
I had terrible allergies as a child, and through immunotherapy thought I had kicked it! A few years ago i discovered that wasn't the case. I had minor symptoms when we only had 2 dogs, but nothing major. When we added two more pups to our family all of that changed and I started getting constant sinus/ear infections. Through visits to my family doc and ENT we determined I was still highly allergic to dogs and many other environmental allergens. I take 2 pills and 2 sprays to keep it in check...
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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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KAndersen ·
I'm not sure when you did immunotherapy, but it doesn't usually last forever. If it worked for many years, you can go through the process again. A pain in the butt, I know.
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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

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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Protect-A-Bed Partners with AAFA for National Allergy Campaign

AAFA Community Services ·
In a joint effort to educate consumers about bedroom allergies and allergen-reduction solutions, Protect-A-Bed and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) have partnered on a national campaign to raise awareness of household allergens.
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Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

AAFA Community Services ·
For many people, the health risks posed by indoor air quality can often be significantly higher than outdoor air. Animal dander, pollen, mold, dust mites and fumes released by cooking, burning fuel or cleaning products can all negatively impact your indoor air. One way you can improve your indoor air quality is with a CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® air cleaner. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for an air cleaner.
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freshAAIR™ – a Digital Magazine for People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
October is Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month. Indoor air quality is important for asthma and allergy control. We dedicated our current issue of freshAAIR™ Magazine to ways you can create a healthier home.
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

Ult1mat3X ·
Thank you for such a great article, a lot of useful info. I will be glad if someone could advise me air purifier for smoke from the list? I never used one, but decided to give it a try. My budget around ~150$. Share your experience if you ever used one. Thank you.
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Schools and States Can Improve Indoor Air Quality for Students With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
As part of our 2019 State Honor Roll™ of Asthma and Allergy Policies for Schools (SHR), we look at the impact poor indoor air quality in schools can have on students with asthma and allergies.
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manoj ·
I receive your E mail and get a lot of information though your email. thank you so much .This types of program should be establish in our nation which directly affect the asthma patience.our nation is known as the developing nation so that air are polluted day by day.So it should be control by such type of program.I am student of social work from Dibyabhumi Multiple College,kupondol,lalitpur I hope my email response you very soon. Thank you Manoj Magar
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Caring for a Child With Asthma and Allergies: The Value of Providing Parents With Peace of Mind

AAFA Community Services ·
In the summer of 2017, Alexis Fetterman and her parents had an unexpected introduction to asthma and allergies . Alexis was 2 years old and got sick with a respiratory virus. After a visit to the emergency room, she was admitted to the hospital and flown to a nearby children’s hospital. After a few days in the hospital, Alexis was diagnosed with asthma. “The hospital stay was a really traumatic experience. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in learning about asthma and allergies. I want 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 Living Room

KAndersen ·
We live in a co-op building that requires rugs or carpet over 80% of the space, so I can't use washable area rugs or have exposed hard floors. I don't allow smoking in our home, but we get cigarette and other smoke smells in our apartment anyway from the neighbors. And who has time to dust and vacuum DAILY? I do have curtains - I change them seasonally and at that point they get washed. And I don't use scented products or candles.
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rferrigno ·
We live in a house built in 1924. We can't open our windows because the weights in the windows are gone and the windows drop without warning. In addition, the previous owners had large dogs and we can't get our ducts cleaned because the duct work has encased asbestos tape and the HVAC people won't cut through it. So we can't clean the dog hair out of the vents.
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Jacob's Mom ·
We are trying to manage my 6 year old's allergies!
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BeachButterfly ·
I vacuum regularly with an allergen vacuum. Have a family member dust as often as I can get them too. Now reading this I will start to find more hypo pillows or covers for them, I love my pillows. I also don't allow my pets on the furniture, they have their own beds with removable covers for easy washing. I work from home so I am always home and could use the relief from a filter.
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KAndersen ·
I got allergy pillows for my son and I - they are horrible. They don't have enough "give" when you lie on them and they force our necks (especially my son, since he's a young child still) at awkward angles. I prefer allergen covers on regular pillows.
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Richard Schott ·
I run exhaust fans and windows.
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Annamarie ·
I keep windows open when i can and have hardwood floors in most rooms and dust once a week.
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hdeanna69 ·
Im highly allergic to dust mites. so I have to vacuum the floor and couches, wipe down dusty surfaces all the time. though that just seems to just put a dent in them. it sucks I don't think you can ever get them all. I heard I should put the couch cushions outside when its freezing to kill them. ill have to try that this winter.
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SCN ·
5 Kids, a hypoallergenic dog, and myself ALL suffer year round allergies, and a few of us have asthma. We have gone through the tips to make our house "allergy friendly" and clean/vacuum regularly. Yet, we still suffer. About to start immunotherapy for us all. It seems like an endless battle.
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richwash64 ·
Between Marvin my cat and pollen I feel this would do the trick!
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Sarah MTB ·
I have been "baby-proofing" my home now that we have a baby boy, and are now considering these tips as "lung-proofing" our home as well. It's amazing all the health hazards that we get used to and even introduce to our homes when we are decorating or lapse in our cleaning practices. When I look at it from the perspective of a baby to protect or clean lungs to keep healthy, it's adds a new layer of motivation.
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Re: Breathe Easier: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Living Room

Renee T ·
The living room is a tough place because it is high-traffic. I shop on the Asthma and Allergy friendly certified website to find products that are certified to help I was just looking at humidifiers the other day. I have 1 humidifier in my living room, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and have discarded fluffy dust catching items such as throw pillows, blankets etc and launder any blankets we do use a couple times a month. My daughter has a toy basket, and we replaced the wicker with a...
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K8sMom2002 ·
Renee T, what a lovely photo you have of your living room! I really wish I could keep my living space as beautiful and attractive as yours -- my goal in life is exactly that spare and clean look!
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Marie E Natzke ·
We've already done some of these things we have hardwood floors in most of the house. Years ago I talked my Mom into not having carpets anymore when they needed to be replaced. She wasn't too sure about doing it but once she got used to it she loved how easy it was to clean and not having to drag a vacuum cleaner around. We have blinds not too many curtains. The only thing have a do have fabric chairs and couches but No pets.
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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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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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Allergymom ·
I vacuum (almost) daily and we always shower before bed. Pollen is a big trigger for my LO.
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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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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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