Brands We Love: Santa Fe

Creating the right environment at home is important for a range of reasons. This is something that can impact not only comfort levels, but also the health of those living in your home. High humidity levels in the air can…

Allergies Around the World

Allergies are the most common form of chronic disease, and they affect millions of people around the world every day. Although they fall under the label “disease,” allergies are just the body’s extreme response to usually non-threatening elements. You develop…

Best Crawl Space Dehumidifiers: Our Recommendations

Anyone living in a home that has a crawl space will know the problems that can stem from excess moisture and high humidity levels. These problems, coupled with the dark conditions in the crawl space, can lead to mildew and…

20 Simple Ways to Reduce Home Allergens

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average home is subject to a whole slew of indoor pollutants, including dust mites, mold, bacteria, viruses, smoke, pollen, pet dander. You may also need to worry about bothersome gaseous pollutants…

The Best HEPA Vacuums: Benefits of Miele Vacuums

Here at Achoo Allergy, we don’t joke around when it comes to helping our customers find the best HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum cleaners for their particular needs. If you’re in the early stages of research on allergy-busting vacuums, it’s…

The Relationship Between Asthma and Allergies

Many of us might view allergies and asthma as being two very different, unrelated issues but they actually have a lot to do with one another.  The idea that these ailments are completely separate from one another is easy enough…

Alternatives for Food Allergy Sufferers

Millions of people in the United States are affected by food allergies – and that number is only rising.  While experts are still trying to understand the cause for the continued rise of food allergies over the past few decades,…

New Pet? The Best Products for Dealing with Pet Allergies

Getting a new pet is always fun and exciting, but, sometimes, all this fun comes with something that isn’t as welcome as your new furry friend: pet allergies.  Whether you knew beforehand that you or someone in your household had…

Mold Allergy Symptoms

While many people think of various types of pollen when they think of airborne related allergies, mold is one of the most common airborne allergies out there. In fact, while you may think that a pollen allergy is causing your…

Do Seasons Affect Allergies?

Ever heard the term “allergy season?”  While the word “season” in this case refers to the particular stretch of time in which certain allergies flare up, different allergy seasons do correspond with different seasons of the year.  Each season brings…

What Is Hypertonic: Everything You Need to Know

Allergies are a common issue for many people, whether they deal with permanent or seasonal allergy issues.  There are, of course, a wide variety of ways that allergies can be either overcome or treated, with one effective way being cleaning…

What Is Pet Dander and How to Fix It

There are a lot of misconceptions concerning pet allergies, particularly in terms of what happens to be the trigger for an allergic reaction.  For most allergy sufferers, the trigger for their symptoms is pet dander.  A variety of household pets…

How to Stress Less: Food Related Anxiety and Kids

  Having kids can be the most wonderful thing ever to happen to you. Parenthood brings unbelievable heights of love and wonder into your life; it can also be indescribably terrifying. Even if you have a kid without a life…

10 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Allergies affect millions of Americans and for these allergy sufferers dealing with the symptoms their allergies create can be a real nightmare.  Medications can cause grogginess or keep you up at night, while nasal and sinus issues can make day-to-day…

Utilizing Vacuum Attachments to Remove Pet Dander and Hair

There is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work and being greeted by a wagging tail and smiling puppy face or the purr of a kitty. However, pet hair can cause many families issues, from little…

How Irrigators Help Alleviate Sinus and Allergy Symptoms

Using nasal irrigation can seem intimidating, but it is a simple way to change your life for the better.  Starting with irrigators like nasal sprays can help you to work your way up to methods like using neti pots. Now,…

Top Vacuum Cleaners for Pet Hair

Pets make for great companions and for most people they’re just like another member of the family.  Cleaning up after them, though, can be somewhat of a handful, especially if they happen to shed a lot or you’ve got a…

How to Sleep Better During Allergy Season

When you’re prone to allergies, getting a restful night’s sleep can feel like a repeating battle that you never seem to win.  In fact, allergy symptoms will often get worse at night, making it even less likely that you’ll simply…

How to Reduce Ragweed Allergy Symptoms

Fall weather may bring with it much anticipated relief from the sweltering heat of summer, but for those with a ragweed allergy the end of summer is just when ragweed season is revving up.  Ragweed is incredibly prolific throughout North…

Back to School: How to Handle Food Allergies

Back to School: How to Handle Food Allergies from AchooAllergy.com Food allergies can really throw a kink into your life, no matter how old you are, but for parents whose kids go to school, it can be especially complicated. Fortunately,…

Uncommon Signs You Have an Allergy

Clearly you would know if you had an allergy, of course. It’s all runny noses, blurry vision, and constant itching, right? Well, no. Here are a few signs you may not have noticed … or, more likely, noticed but didn’t…

You’re Never Too Old for New Allergies

Surprise! You Have An Allergy! Wow, you may be thinking. How on Earth did that happen? You were fine with pollen/cats/shellfish all your life, and now they’re a huge problem. You’re not alone. Lots of people develop allergies in adulthood;…

Got Pets? Keeping Dander Down at Home

Fido, Fluffy, and Max stole your heart as puppies and kittens, going home with you and completing the  family. Their sweet, fluffy cuteness enchanted everyone, even your teenage daughter who seems more interested in her phone than engaging with you.…

Tame Allergy Triggers

Every allergy sufferer wishes nothing more than relief from the arduous symptoms their triggers cause. While there is no cure as of yet, there are many ways to tame your allergies. However, the most important step is know what allergies…

Grumpy or Stuffy? How Your Allergies Affect Your Everyday Life

Not all allergic reactions are immediate and severe.  Exposure to allergens over a long period of time can affect our lives in such subtle ways, we sometimes don’t recognize them for what they are.  Have you ever been guilty of…

Early Detection of Allergies – It’s In the Blood

Solving any good mystery is a bit like a pulling a string. You begin to pull and more and more string follows, but the goal is always the same, to find the beginning. Allergy research is a lot like this.…

Cross Reaction Allergies – Banana Menace

Food allergies seem to be everywhere, but there is a certain segment of foods that can cause allergic reactions and aren’t as commonly discussed as nuts, dairy, or even wheat, which gets a disproportionate amount of attention given the fraction…

2015 Fall Allergy Tips – Halloween

With October quickly drawing to a close, there are a few news and notes worth mentioning. For people with allergies and asthma, ragweed is wreaking havoc, particularly in the south. Drier conditions have helped to create an ideal situation for…

News and Notes in Allergies, Asthma, & MCS

Last week, we took a little time off from posting. As you may have noticed, Miele is completely renaming their entire line of HEPA vacuum cleaners, and it’s been created a lot of new work for us. But it’s Tuesday,…

Tis The Season: Nuts & Alcohol

As the season of family get togethers and office parties draws nearer, now is a great time to go over a few things regarding foods allergies and two things that commonly appear at these types of gatherings – alcohol and…

Difference Between Dust Mites and Bed Bugs

This week’s blog will not be as cute or cuddly as my previous blog. Today I’m going to discuss the difference between dust mites and bed bugs. I’ve had many calls and questions about dust mites and bed bugs and…

Tips for Coping with Pet Allergies

Pets are amazing friends to have in life. These trusted companions can increase serotonin and dopamine levels (the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters), provide more structure in your daily routine and make you smile more! These are a few of the reasons…

Nature’s Solution to Pollen

Pollen, pollen everywhere! It's like Christmas, except instead of snow, it's yellow pollen, and instead of receiving gifts, all you get is sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, allergic rhinitis or sinusitis. Though pollen levels are traditionally very high during the…

Cross Reactivity – Unrelated Links

When it comes to allergies, rarely are they isolated or singular. Often there are groupings, like allergen punches in bunches, that can affect the body. Peanut allergy sufferers are often allergic to other types of tree nuts, or those allergic…

Choose Your Allergy Mask

With nearly 80° weather here in Atlanta and everything in bloom, it seems like an excellent time to make sure you are set for this year’s spring allergy season. One of the simplest measures people take to protect themselves is…

Are Schools Prepared for Allergy Emergencies?

The death of a first-grader in Richmond, Virginia highlights the possible unpreparedness of schools to deal with allergy emergencies. Ammaria Johnson had a peanut allergy. While out at recess, she broke out in hives and began complaining of shortness of…

Halloween Hazards

Today in our regular perusal of allergy-related news, we came across Five Surprising Health Hazards on FoxNews.com. In summary, the hazards highlighted were: Licorice can lead to heart attacks. The FDA recently came out with a warning that too much…

Worst Allergy Season Ever

Turns out that those who think every allergy season is the worst one ever may actually be right, as explained in CNN.com's Why your allergies are bugging you. The reason for worsening allergy seasons is two-fold: There's more pollen and…

Allergy Free Hotel Rooms?

My family will be attending a conference in Jacksonville over this Labor Day weekend and staying at the Hyatt Regency there. While looking at the Hyatt website, I came across their offering of hypoallergenic rooms. Keeping allergen exposure to a…

Peanut Exposure in Unexpected Places

A question posed in the NYTimes.com Science section highlights the fact that those with food allergies must be on the alert at all times

Helping Food Allergic Kids Feel ‘Normal’

The Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board was born of one woman's desire to help her food allergic daughter be safe yet still feel included in typical childhood activities, reports CNN in Making Food-Allergic Kids Feel Included. Concerned that her peanut…

Allergy Free Dog Too Good to Be True

Pet ownership can be one of the most emotionally difficult issues an allergy sufferer has to confront

Spring Allergies, Eye Allergies, and Contact Lenses

When it comes to eye allergies, the misery of spring allergies can hit those who wear contact lenses especially hard, Medical News Today reports.’ Eye allergy symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, which accompany other allergy symptoms like sneezing, coughing,…

Hidden Allergens: Shower Curtains

Today's hidden allergen spotlight turns on the shower curtain, which can cause problems for allergy sufferers in a couple of ways: through off-gassing, and through the possible presence of mold. Firstly, consider vinyl shower curtains, those clear plastic ones that…

Have Any Food Allergy Advice?

We recently had a mother write to us for advice and help with food allergy questions. Recently, she found out that her 3 year-old is allergic to dairy protein (specifically Casein) and nuts. One problem is that milk and cheese…

Romance and Allergies

It's nearly impossible not to notice that today is Valentine's Day. And with a nod to the occasion that brings so much pink and red and hearts and chocolate our way, it's also a good time to reflect a little…

Cedar & Juniper Pollen in Winter

Around this time of year, most of us here in the U.S. don’t give much thought to pollen. For much of the country, trees are dormant and most of the pollinating plants are dead. In certain parts of the country,…

Total Allergen Load and Ragweed Season

At AchooAllergy.com, we frequently discuss the concept of total allergen load. Basically, the theory suggests that once a certain threshold of allergen exposure and other factors is reached (and this is different for various individuals), symptoms appear. A recent article…

Food Allergy Safety During Summer Picnics

In Summer Means Barbecues, Picnics and Food Allergies, Medical News Today highlights ways to protect against food allergies while enjoying summer get-togethers. More than 12 million americans suffer from food allergies, the severity of which ranges from irritating, itchy skin…

Summer Cold or Allergies?

A CNN Health feature 'Summer Colds' May Not Be Just That highlights a condition many of us experience as spring temperatures yield to summer's less forgiving ones. Cold viruses exist all year round, but they are much more common in…