Searching for Relief

HumidifierFor allergy sufferers, the best treatment is to avoid the offending allergens altogether. This may be possible if the irritant is a specific food, like peanuts, which can be cut out of the diet, but not when the very air we breathe is loaded with allergens. For example, a single ragweed plant can produce a million grains of pollen a day, and ragweed pollen has been found 400 miles out at sea and two miles high in the atmosphere.

Air purifiers, filters, humidifiers and conditioners, provide varying degrees of relief, but none is 100 percent effective. Normally, allergy sufferers look to various over-the-counter medications and physician-prescribed therapies.

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