Ragweed Allergy Season is Here

The calendar says fall is still a few days away, but fall seasonal allergies have already started. The cool and wet summer experienced by much of the country means a strong ragweed allergy season is on tap.

Fall Seasonal Allergens

fight ragweed allergy with masks and nasal irrigation Ragweeds, goldenrods, and molds are the most common fall seasonal allergy culprits.  Fortunately, the ragweeds and goldenrods will be gone with the first few frosts. Mold can linger all winter.

Just one ragweed plant can produce one billion pollen particles and they are so small and light that the wind can carry them many miles. Goldenrods get a bad rap in the fall because they bloom at the same time as the ragweeds and the plants look similar. However, goldenrod pollen isn’t as likely to become airborne because it depends on insects for dispersal. The goldenrod pollen grains are much larger and are sticky, so they don’t get blown about the neighborhood. You can blame the goldenrods, but the ragweeds are the real problem.

Ragweeds and goldenrods can be found on the roadsides, the edges of pathways, and the perimeter of fields and forests. They will be in areas that aren’t frequently mowed. To reduce pollen exposure, drive with your windows up and avoid the areas where the ragweeds are growing.

Fight Back this Ragweed Allergy Season

If you have fall seasonal allergies, you may want to consider moving your exercise activities indoors. If the idea of running on a treadmill doesn’t excite you, then continue your jogging routine while wearing a U2SportMask to protect against pesky pollen particles. These masks are also great for:

  •  Walking;
  • Biking;
  • ATV trail riding; and
  • Gardening and raking leaves
Nasal Irrigation for Ragweed Allergy Control

Nasal and sinus irrigation is making a comeback as a means of natural allergy control.  As people are more interested in finding ways to control their allergies without medication, the market has responded with advanced technologies for more comfortable nasal and sinus irrigation.   Read how to get Relief from Seasonal Allergy Using Nasal Irrigation to discover more about this technique.

While the bad news is that the fall ragweed allergy season is off to an early and strong start, it won’t be long lived. Most temperate areas are expecting early frosts which will kill the ragweeds and put an end to the ragweed allergy season.

Till Next Time!


Best Dust Mask for Trail Riding

Mu2 Sprt Mask
Mu2 Sprt Mask

I don’t ride ATV’s or dirt bikes or participate in motocross events.  But have talked to lots of people that do. Riding all terrain vehicles (ATVs) is a very popular pastime. The first models were released in the 1960’s and the first 4 wheeler came out in 1983.  People tell me they like being outdoors, riding in different terrain, and seeing our beautiful countryside.

One of the big problems people face is the amount of dust kicked up on the trails. They are looking for something that will keep them from breathing dust, but not be so hot they can’t stand it.  Fitting comfortably under a helmet is a plus. I hear stories of all sorts of things they have tried. Everything from respirators to plain bandanas.

How do I hear these stories? Well, it turns out that our U2 Sports Mask is a big hit with the trail riders.  The mask combines the same material used to make the Q-Mask in a neoprene covering that allows the mask to cover both the nose and mouth without restricting airflow.

Because particles hit the “filtering” material and bounce off, it doesn’t clog up and won’t get hot under the mask.  The neoprene and filtering material are both thin, so the mask straps fit comfortably under a helmet.  These benefits make the Sport Mask  the best mask for off roading.

Best dust mask for trail ridingWe originally sold the U2 mask thinking that people that ride bicycles needed a way to keep molds and pollen out of their respiratory system during their excursions.

I liked the mask, because one of my favorite bike riding routes goes past some wetlands that can be full of gnats and other small flying insects.  While you can keep your mouth closed, you still have to breathe through your nose and I inevitably inhaled a bug or two every time: one of the grossest feelings in the world!

The U2 mask looked perfect for biking and it was. It allowed me to ride without being exposed to pollens and molds, without restricting my airflow and kept the bugs out of my nose and mouth, all at the same time.  As far as I was concerned it was the perfect bike riding mask.

Once we put them out on the internet, ATVers started snapping them up.  Seems they had the same needs as the bikers for a great, comfortable mask.

As one of our customers said, “I can follow my buddy on the trail now without eating his dust”. So next time the rider in front of you says “Eat My Dust” just put on your U2 Sports Mask and reply “I don’t think so”!

Til Next Time

Tackling Allergies at Work Is Easier Than You Think

For most of you, a great deal of your day is spent at work. You work approximately 8-12 hours each day.  If you have allergies, it can be a less than hospitable environment.

Most of you suffering from asthma and allergies can be allergic to the following; the mites in the carpet or drapes in the office, the indoor fumes and odors such as smoke, cleaning products, plastic, synthetics, various electronics, or mold and mildew.  You have control over your environment at home, how can you control allergies at work?

In most cases when you tell your boss you are having problems they will say there is nothing they can do. Trust me, they are not going to pull up the carpet or change cleaning companies. We have had customers tell us their boss thought they were just crazy.

You may need to take on the cleaning duties for your work space yourself. It might be a pain, but at least you will know it has been done.

Essentials for Allergies at Work

If you’re suffering at work and need immediate and long term relief, I recommend the following:

ADMS – Because you can’t rip up the carpet or tear down the drapes, I recommend spraying ADMS Anti-Allergen Spray on them. This spray is a heavy-duty anti allergen control spray proven effective against dust mites.  The active ingredients work by instantly deactivating the allergen Der p1 and Der f1 found in dust mite droppings. Treating the carpet and drapes at the office once a month will definitely help to get rid of mites and will make you feel so much better.

AllerDust – A cleaning aid that will effectively remove allergens scattered around the office. Even though the cleaning crew may dust cleaning with allerdust helps allergies at workyou office you really need to do it every so often. Apply Allersearch AllerDust to your dust rag or duster, as you dust it will attract more dust and cause it to stick to your duster.

GS75 Antimicrobial Surface Spray – A mold and mildew remover that works wonders. GS75 spray kills virus, bacteria, mold as well as mildew on impact so it won’t take very long to feel relief. I also suggest you use GS75 disinfectant spray during cold and flu season. Spray every thing people touch in your office.

Air Cleaners for Allergies at Work

If you work in a cube farm, you can’t control all of the air in the area.  But you can control the air in your immediate area.  If you have an office, you have a better chance of keeping the air in your office clean.

Austin Air Healthmate Air Cleaners –  The Austin Air HealthMate is very effective in removing dirt, dust, pollen, mold spores and other allergens as well as smoke, chemical fumes, smog and noxious gases. Once this machine is on and running, it will filter out the smallest of particles and provide exceptionally good clean air. The Austin is also made of steel so the cleaning crew can’t hurt it (I’ve used mine as a printer stand before).

These are my personal recommendations on how to get your work environment allergy and asthma free. Since I work here it is easy for me to do these things.

The great thing is that these products can be written off as office expenditures so talk to your employer and see what they say. Your health is very important therefore, taking the necessary precautions isn’t something you should do but need to do.

Remind them a healthy employee is a productive employee.

Wishing you all the best,
Tiffany Daniel