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Letter From The Editor
Dear Fellow Allergy Sufferers,

When I woke up this morning, I looked out my window and noticed a sea of leaves raining down in our yard. Fall is officially here! Last night, the World Series ended with the New York Yankees winning their impressive 27th baseball championship. This morning for the first time in months, I woke up congested with puffy eyes. Is it allergies? Do I have a cold? I do not know. The exact cause is hard to pin down and probably is a combination of things.

What I do know is that minimizing my exposure to allergens will help me feel better. Also, it is very windy in Atlanta today. Because of the windy conditions, I will minimize my time spent outdoors. Simply put, I donít want to get sick right before a beautiful fall weekend with my family.

In addition to using all the allergen avoidance products we recommend, including Allergy Armor mattress covers and pillow covers, I am taking a few additional measures to prevent morning congestion:

  • Making sure I have enough Flonase. I brought the prescription bottle with me to work today to refill it.
  • Making sure I have enough Zyrtec-D. I ran out this morning, and purchasing it is somewhat difficult because it is considered a controlled substance. I find the decongestant very helpful. I call it my wonder drug.
  • Making sure we have an ample supply of NeilMed saline nasal irrigation packets. I like to do this on a daily basis.
  • Putting more emphasis on washing my hands and using Purell. I have a bottle at my desk.
As my mother always says, fighting allergies is a one Ė two punch. You need to avoid allergens (especially in your bedroom) and you need to take the allergy medicine that will help you. This reminds me of another one-two punch. We are teaching our daughter how to brush her teeth. The one-two punch theory holds true--to keep your teeth clean, you have to brush and you have to floss.

Breathe Better,

P. Cade McDonald

Volume Six :: Issue Eleven :: November 2009
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With winter right around the corner and more time spent inside, allergy sufferers need to buckle down on their indoor cleaning routines more than ever. Vacuuming is integral to any cleaning regimen and even more so for allergy sufferers.

Allergen Structure and Why it Matters
As allergies become increasingly prevalent--they affect 50 million Americans, and counting--researchers are working hard to come up with ways to treat allergies and to learn more about the underlying reasons allergies occur.

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Excellent air purifier - Blueair 270E Air Purifier
Reviewed by: A hypersensitivity pneumonitis sufferer from Illinois

I purchased the Blueair 270E air purifier for my office after developing sensitivity to certain allergens in my office environment - pet dander, mold spores, dust. My office size is approximately 14 x 18, which I share with another employee.

This purifier runs extremely quietly on the first two settings, although the air exchange on the first setting is, naturally, low. The third setting really cleans the air, and I can work with it running. At this setting, I compare the sound level to that of a inexpensive box fan running on low. It is not bothersome to me in the least. My officemate says she does not mind running it on the third setting either.

The electronic display on the top of the purifier shows the dust level and the smell level. A little smiley face next to the level bars indicates if your dust and smell level is making the face smile or frown. There is also a display indicator for when the filter needs replacing. The filter is a bit pricey, as is any Blueair purifier filter. But if one is looking for a quiet purifier to aid in cleaning the air for better breathing, the benefits outweigh the higher cost. Also, the filter needs to be replaced approximately every six months and, again, the price may be prohibitive to some individuals.

However, in my experience with the 270E, its performance in my office has been awesome and I'm able to breathe so I'll gladly pay for the filter replacement. One final benefit to mention of the 270E is that it has a timer. Since I am in an office using my employer's electricity with his approval, I might add I can use the timer to maximize the necessary time I need the purifier running. This is an excellent purifier for an office, a bedroom, or a room within a home which needs the air purified quietly.

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