Healthy Living Solutions - Allergy Helper

By: Healthy Living Solutions  09-12-2011

Top Ten Allergens

  1. Dust Mites
  2. Mold
  3. Pollen
  4. Exhaust Fumes
  5. Fragrance/Perfume
  6. Ozone
  7. Cat Dander
  8. Dog Dander
  9. Dust
  10. Seafood 

Clean your air with a houseplant. 

According to a 20 year long NASA study, some houseplants do a good job of helping to rid your home of allergens. Two or three plants in an average size living room will eat away at out gassing chemicals from carpets, paint or cabinets. 

So next time you are in the market for a new houseplant, consider one of these allergy fighters: (Just remember to water sparingly to avoid mold growth).

  • Areca Palm

  • Reed Palm

  • Dwarf Date Palm

  • Boston Fern

  • Janet Craig Dracaena

  • English Ivy

  • Australian Sword Fern

  • Peace Lily

  • Rubber Plant

  • Rubber plant

  • Weeping Fig

 Study Names 25 Worst U.S. Cities for Spring Allergies

A recent study by Multidata/Surveillance Data, Inc. (SDI), looked at prevalent spring allergens and percentage of population suffering from allergies in U.S. cities  The worst cities (with percentage of population affected in parentheses) for spring allergy sufferers according to SDI are:

1. Charleston, South Carolina (21.8)

2. Houston, Texas (26.9)

3. Chicago, Illinois (20.6)

4. Fargo, North Dakota (23.3)

5. Billings, Montana (28.2)

6. Tampa, Florida (21.8)

7. Omaha, Nebraska (23.3)

8. Phoenix, Arizona (28.2)

9. Burlington, Vermont (21.2)

10. Nashville, Tennessee (23.3)

11. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas (26.9)

12. Tucson, Arizona (28.2)

13. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (21.8)

14. Montgomery, Alabama (23.3)

15. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (20.6)

16. Portland, Oregon (24.2)

17. Duluth, Minnesota (23.3)

18. Birmingham, Alabama (23.3)

19. Seattle, Washington (24.2)

20. Kansas City, Missouri (23.3)

21. Denver, Colorado (28.2)

22. Sacramento, California (24.2)

23. Minneapolis, Minnesota (23.3)

24. Shreveport, Louisiana (26.9)

25. Jackson, Mississippi (23.3)


What is HEPA Filters?

HEPA is an acronym that stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air

Widely used in the medical field and industrial clean rooms, HEPA filters can be useful for removing allergens from the air in our homes. They are available for room sized or whole house filtering systems, for vacuum cleaners and for vehicles.

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