The VAX AP03 air purifier is a basic mid-range air purifier with basic features. The timer is simple, but the filter life indicator seems flawed. It is hard to imagine the odour/carbon filter to be anything else then ineffective in capturing and retaining gases and chemicals.
Burning wood in a stove or fireplace is a common thing to do and can create a nice, cozy and warm atmosphere. Wood burning, however, also releases a broad range of air pollution in the air and can pose a real threat for people with respiratory conditions such as asthma.
Some manufacturers are offering air purifiers with UV lights as an additional air cleaning stage. They claim that their UV light air purifier “sterilises the air” and that the “air is disinfected” through the use of the UV light in their air cleaner. But is that true? Does a standalone air purifier benefit from using UV light? What does a UV light in an air purifier actually do?
In 1999, the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology put out a position statement recommending that patients with chronic allergic asthma be advised on indoor allergen avoidance, also called environmental allergen control, as part of their asthma management plan...
The festive season brings some challenges for people with allergies, mainly because you could be exposed to triggers that are specific to the Holiday Season and New Years. But with a little forward planning and our top 10 allergy tips, you can relax and enjoy yourself without fear of allergy and asthma triggers.
Real Christmas trees (and wreaths) can harbour mould that rapidly increase in number once brought in to our warm, centrally heated homes.
If you do go for a real Christmas tree, we suggest hosing down your tree outside and letting it dry before displaying it inside. The use of an air purifier, such as the IQAir HealthPros or Blueair 450E, will also help to keep the spore count under control.
Why not kick off the year with a resolution to improve the quality of your indoor air? Poor indoor air quality is associated with a number of health problems, such as asthma and other allergies, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), respiratory and heart disease, and lung cancer. We spend most of our time indoors, at home, at school or in the workplace, and are exposed to a wide range of pollutants including allergens, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and nitrogen dioxide. Trying out our Top Tips will be a very worthwhile investment in terms of yours and your family's health.
Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is the smoke emitted from cigarettes, pipes and tobacco. Now that smoking has been banned in so many public places, pollution through secondhand smoke is not a problem anymore in most pubs, restaurants or clubs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> Nevertheless, indoor air pollution due to cigarette or cigar smoke is still a major concern for many people within their home. If you have a neighbour that is a heavy smoker, or live near a place where people smoke (such as the garden of a pub), chances are that you will be exposed to a significant amount of chemical pollution from secondhand smoke.
We have £18 million to spare to help improve London’s air quality before next year’s Olympics - now that the construction of the venues has come in under budget. And if the Mayor doesn’t get on with it, we stand to face a £175 million fine from the International Olympic Committee.
What is more important in medical treatment - a firm scientific foundation or the patient experience and choice? Many patients, including some with "Natural Asthma Treatment", swear by homeopathy, and other complementary and alternative treatments. Yet there is little evidence (of the sort we would expect for a more conventional drug) that homeopathy has any therapeutic effect in itself.
If you have asthma, or an allergy, it’s highly likely that someone else in your family does too. It’s long been known that asthma runs in families and about half of this is due to genetic factors and the rest to having a shared environment.
If you have seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) then you will be well aware that there is a hay fever season, when you will suffer symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose and blocked nose - all as a result of an allergy to pollen. But it's not just the hay fever season that matters, it is also the weather on the day.