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Allergies are more than annoying, they should be taken seriously. Allergies can cause respiratory problems especially if you suffer from asthma or other breathing conditions.
I've suffered from allergies since I was a child, my whole family has. My sister had allergies so bad I remember growing up, she had to go to the doctors all the time for allergy shots. I had the allergy tests done and it came back that I had a sensitivity to pretty much everything! Later, we found out because of the pinprick type test, it could have been my Fibromyalgia that affected the test results.
I have a lot of medical problems including asthma. The type I have is called cough variant asthma, another name for it is stress and exercise-induced asthma. Unlike the traditional form of asthma, I don't get the gasping shortness of breath. I will get this weird cough that sounds like a tickle in my throat that won't stop. I also get pain in my chest and while I'm not gasping for breath, I can not take a deep breath. This is frustrating because we all know how exercise is good for you. However, it's a catch 22 for me because it can also trigger an asthma attack.
Until recently I didn't think my allergies and asthma were connected. A few months ago I had to be rushed to the ER in the middle of the night due to an asthma attack. The paramedics had to give me a breathing treatment on the way to the hospital. At the hospital, they gave me another one, a prescription for steroids for a few days. Upon a follow-up appointment with my primary care doctor, I was given a maintenance inhaler, and a nebulizer or breathing treatment machine at home and medication for my allergies to take daily.
My doctor said that my allergies are so bad, that they are the cause of my constant sore throat and why my asthma is so bad.
We are now very cautious (maybe overly so on my husband's part) about my breathing and when to turn the A/C on. We live on the 3rd floor of an apartment building and we all know that heat rises. Heat + humidity = breathing problems. Plus, my husband has his own breathing problems because of his heart condition.
Air conditioning helps but it's not the full answer. What can you do to help? I suggest investing in an air purifier like the Atem personal air purifier I received from IQAir. This has been a game changer for me! It sits on my desk in my office and I have clean air to breath thanks to the HyperHEPA air filter.
I have noticed an overall improvement over my allergies and asthma since I started to use this. I always wanted an air purifier because I thought it might help with my breathing. We had NO idea it would help this much. My everyday symptoms are better: I don't have to take my rescue inhaler as much, I can take a deep breath, I'm not as tired and I sleep better at night! The Atem personal air purifier is so portable I could move it around the house if I wanted. I leave it in my office on my desk because this is where I spend the most time. You can purchase a case for it separately if you do want to take this with you. It's perfect for a desk job in an office building or such.
There are 3 settings for the Atem, all you have to do is touch the side and it will turn on. You can have it on low, medium, or high. A blue light will light up on the Atem if it's on when it's off the light is red.
Do you ever wonder what the air quality is like in your home or office?
Allergies and asthma can be controlled with less medication depending on the air quality we are breathing. Obviously, the better the air quality, the easier it is to breathe. IQAir also sells an AirVisual Pro monitor.
I knew the air in my apartment was bad, however, I didn't know exactly how bad until I started to use this air quality monitor. There is an app you can download to work with it as well. I'll be honest, I haven't really used the monitor much other than to turn it on and see what the air quality is.
One benefit of the monitor for me has been a quick and easy way to “win” the A/C fight with my husband. He doesn't like having the air conditioner on, he prefers fans and fresh air. Now all I have to do is show him the air quality in the house and he instantly turns it on!
The above picture shows the air quality in my home office with the air purifier going and my air conditioner. It was still better outside than in my office, only slightly. This gave me a good chance to take a break and go for a family walk with the dog.
If you suffer from allergies, asthma or other breathing issues, I highly suggest purchasing an Atem personal air purifier and an AirVisual pro monitor.