Quote of the Day - September 19th:
The HEPA filter makes the Reaction a must-have for allergy-sufferers and pet-owners.
( Rick Carpenter )

Vacuum Cleaners (HEPA)

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Allergy approved vaccum cleaners are usually made with HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) air filters that reduce the amount of airborn allergens dispersed during vacuuming.  HEPA filters use activated carbon and zeolite to remove gases, odors, chemicals, toxins and vapors.  There are two basic styles, upright and canister.  Continue reading…

Theo-Dur etc. (Theophylline)

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Theophylline is used to relieve and prevent bronchospasm, or narrowing of the airways, in patients who have asthma.  It is also prescribed for prevention of emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other lung diseases, controlling wheezing, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.  Continue reading…

Exercise Aerobics

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There are incidents of exercise-induced asthma with more vigorous activities such as running and jogging that expose the airways to larger volumes of dry air.  The best activities for those with asthma are less strenuous activities such as yoga or swimming, or aerobics which develops your breathing and heart capacity.  Continue reading…

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 3000 years ago and is one of the most widely used healing systems in the world.  The medical technique uses needles inserted at particular point on the body to balance the opposing forces of yin and yang.  Continue reading…

Immunotherapy: Injections (Allergy Shots)

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Allergies cannot be cured by medicines.  Allergy medications only offer relief from the symptoms.  To cure allergies, or reduce the symptoms, the patient must undergo desensitization through allergy shots.  This process is called immunotherapy.  Continue reading…

Buteyko Breathing Method

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The Buteyko Breathing Method is a series of safe and simple breathing exercises proven effective in managing aasthma and other respiratory conditions.  Developed in 1952 by Professor Konstantin Buteyko from Russia, studies reported improvements in asthma, rhinitis, and nasal mucus, and it restores natural breathing patterns, and eliminates the need for reliever medications.  Continue reading…

Air Purifiers: Air Ionizers

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Air ionizers, also called, ionic air purifiers, work by ionizing or neutralizing air particulates. When switched on, voltage runs through a series of built-in needles, creating electrons, that when discharged into the air, they attach to air molecules and form ions. Continue reading…

Serevent (Salmeterol)

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Serevent is the trade name for salmeterol, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline in an aerosol inhaler form.  Salmeterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes the muscles in the walls of the bronchial tubes, allowing easy flow of air in and out of the lungs in order to improve breathing, treat wheezing, and shortness of breath in those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Continue reading…

Pulmicort etc. (Budesonide)

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Pulmicort contains budesonide, a synthetic corticosteroid used to treat nasal allergy symptoms such as stuffiness, runny nose, and wheezing.  When it is inhaled into the lungs, it reduces the swelling and inflammation and controls the production of mucus in the airways.  Continue reading…

Flovent etc. (Fluticasone)

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Flovent is fluticasone administered as an oral metered dose inhaler for long-term asthma treatment.  each dosage delivers the medication straight into the lungs.  This corticosteroid reduces the inflammation and swelling of the airways to control symptoms of asthma (difficulty breathing, chest tightening, wheezing, and coughing due to airway obstruction). Continue reading…

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