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What Causes Fall Allergies?Though most of us tend to think that plants bloom and produce pollen in the spring and die off or go dormant in the wintertime, there are many different variations in the life cycles of plants. One notable and unfortunate example of a deviation from this more normal life cycle pattern is a family of about 17 different species of plants known collectively as ragweed. Ragweed produces truly massive amounts of pollen in late summer and early fall, creating so much of the material that there is virtually no getting away from it. What's worse, up to 30 percent of people currently living in the United States experience ragweed allergies during the pollination season. Like any allergic reaction, symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the person and the environment. Given the amount of pollen that can be produced by this common plant, however, large-dose exposure can often lead to more severe symptoms even in those who are not severely allergic.
When do Fall Allergies Really Start?"Fall Allergies" is, itself, a bit of a misnomer. Though they occur most frequently in September and early October, ragweed allergies can begin as early as very late July or early August. This means that, for many parts of the country, ragweed season's start is only a few weeks away. What's worse, it is becoming increasingly apparent that shifts in localized and regional climates are beginning to extend ragweed season. As the average global temperature gradually rises, first frosts (which end ragweed season by killing off the plants) slowly get pushed back into slightly later parts of the year. Though this phenomenon produces only very small variations on a year to year basis, the cumulative effect over several decades has been to slightly extend the ragweed season. Thus, as this trend continues, ragweed sufferers can expect to gradually see longer and longer average allergy seasons.
How to Combat Fall AllergiesWith all of this basic information about fall allergies, how they work, what causes them and how long their seasons last, what is to be done about them? The answer, as with all types of allergies, is to limit exposure to the allergen in question (in this case, ragweed pollen). In the case of ragweed, however, this is much easier said than done. A single ragweed plant can produce as many as 1 billion individual grains of pollen across the course of a single growing season, provided that it has adequate environmental resources to do so, i.e enough water, sunlight and high enough average temperatures. This means that escaping from ragweed pollen in areas where tens of thousands of the common plants might be growing is fantastically difficult. The good news is that there are some very effective ways to limit your exposure, if not cut it out completely. Here are a few of the basics:
- Avoid being outdoors during the hotter hours of the day, when pollen production is most active
- Cut down any ragweed plants in your yard now. This will prevent them from reaching the stage of their life cycle when pollen is produced in the coming weeks.
- Don't bring anything from outdoors into your home with you. If you suffer from severe allergies, this should even stretch to include changing your clothes and shoes as soon as your come inside and washing the ones you wore out to prevent the spread of pollen in your house.
- Change your diet. Certain foods contain histamines that can make allergic reactions worse. Typically, these will be aged or fermented foods, or those that contain yeast. Cutting out yogurt, bread, cheeses and all forms of alcohol can help to increase the amount of exposure to pollen that will be needed to set off an allergic reaction.
- Use a HEPA air purifier. These purifiers are certified to remove 99.7 percent of airborne contaminants 0.3 microns in size or greater. This kind of filtration can cut the amount of ragweed pollen in your home down to virtually nothing, keeping your house clean and allergen free.
The Power of Foobot and Amazon Echo TogetherThe Foobot air quality meter has always been a great tool on its own. Offering up-to-the-minute reads on air quality in its environment, the small, portable meter has become one of the best tools for keeping on top of home air quality. Smartphone connectivity also enhanced the meter, allowing users to see data readouts about their home air conditions and get tips about improving it. Now, interfacing with Amazon Echo has enhanced the power of Foobot even more. Voice commands can grab data instantly from a connected Foobot meter and convey it vocally through Alexa, the voice of Amazon Echo. Voice prompts can be as simple as "Alexa, how is my air quality?" or as complex as "Alexa, ask Foobot how I can improve the air quality." Using the data and system of the Foobot meter, Alexa can readily answer almost any question regarding your home air quality. This function becomes even greater when used with other ech0-compatible products. Thermostats that can be controlled through Echo voice command, for example, can be quickly reset in order to respond to information gained from a Foobot meter. By integrating various devices through Amazon Echo, it is possible to gain complete voice control over almost every aspect of your home air environment.
ConclusionFor those of you who already have and use a Foobot indoor air quality meter, this is just one more example of the increasing functionality that Foobot continually strives to deliver. For those that have not yet tried Foobot in their own home, it is one more way that the meter can give you vital information about how healthy the air you and your family are breathing really is. Want to learn more about Foobot? Click here to view full specification and learn more about its powerful features. Have questions about how to use Foobot, Amazon Echo or air purification systems to make your home healthier? Don't worry, we're here to help. Feel free to contact us with your questions, and we'll respond with answers as soon as possible.
Why Extreme Air Pollution KillsNot all air pollution is created equal, and it is therefore impossible to make a single broad statement as to the reason that every form is harmful. In China and India, however, the general reality is that air pollution is created by industrial facilities, many of which utilize coal for power (a practice that was also common during the Industrial Revolution in Western countries). As a result, coal-derived chemical compounds, including some that are known to be carcinogenic, begin to flood the air in the most densely populated Chinese and Indian cities. The results, as the recent study showed, can be shocking. The worst part, however, is that air pollution doesn't have to go to such extremes in order to negatively impact human health. In fact, any industrial air pollution is bad for the upper respiratory system (and, in the cases of some forms of pollution, the heart and cardiovascular system). Though more moderate pollution does not carry with it the massive reduction in life span that we can currently see in the industrialized parts of China and India, it is nonetheless something that should be avoided and controlled as much as possible.
What Can be Done?Whether you live in one of China's most heavily polluted cities or in an industrial town in the Midwestern United States, the preventative steps for air pollution exposure are basically the same. Unfortunately, there is little that any one person can do about pollution in outdoor air. When it comes to the air inside your home or office, however, you have much more control. Making use of a small to medium capacity residential air purifier in the home can help to keep you from being exposed to harmful chemicals and compounds in the air throughout your day. If possible, using a similar unit at work (for those who work inside and have some leeway to add such things to their office environment) can help to further limit exposure. If you deal with only moderate air pollution, a HEPA air purifier will probably be sufficient to meet your needs. However, if you live in the vicinity of a heavy industrial facility or in a part of the world with fewer air pollution regulations than the US or Europe, it is best to use a combination HEPA/Vocarb unit. These purifiers will remove both particulate matter and gaseous compounds in the air, leaving it as clean as possible to allow you to breathe easily.
ConclusionIf you have questions about using a high-quality indoor air purifier to limit your pollution exposure, please feel free to contact us for advice and the best air purifier recommendations based on your unique needs. If you do live in China, don''t forget that we can also ship many of our top-quality air purifiers to China in order to help you protect yourself and your family from dangerous and extreme air pollution.
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