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Managing Your Allergies

Allergic reactions can make it impossible to go about enjoying your day. Between the stuffed-up nose, the sneezes and the puffy eyes — in addition to any other symptoms that may develop — allergies make it hard to carry on with your day. But for some people, the prolonged duration of allergy season can make it impossible to simply wait out the symptoms.

It’s not easy — or practical — for some allergies to be avoided. Although some preventative measures can help you avoid allergies, or at least keep them under better control, the odds are good that you need actual, effective steps you can take to manage and improve allergies and minimize their effects. Here are some key steps you should take to develop a plan for managing your allergies.

Identify the cause

The single-best thing you can do for your allergies is to figure out what’s causing the flare-ups. A doctor’s office can perform expensive tests to figure this out, but you can also figure things out on your own by paying attention to how allergic reactions develop. Take note of the environment and any potential allergens (Read More....)

The Hidden Health Hazards In Your Home

By now we all know to keep the medicine out of children’s reach, watch our step on the staircase and avoid mixing household chemicals like a mad scientist. But while it may be easy to avoid the obvious dangers, you might be surprised to learn about some of the hidden hazards that could be making you sick.

1. Legionella

Keeping cool on those hot summer days might be hazardous to your health. Legionella is a pneumonia-inducing bacteria that thrives in wet environments like industrial air conditioners, residential hot water systems and pipes. Legionella is a serious problem, responsible for 2 – 5 percent of the 600,000 pneumonia cases that send people to hospital in the U.S yearly.

Avoiding Legionella means turning up the heat! Run your taps at 140°F for about 10 minutes (be careful of scalding) every few months.

2. Asbestos

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