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August 2014 Newsletter

Goodbye Summer, Hello Hay Fever!

Summer is drawing to an end and many of us are trying to soak up every bit of sun that we can before the cold autumn winds begin to blow. Unfortunately, mid-August marks the beginning of one of the most miserable allergy seasons of the year, making outdoor activities fraught with sniffles and sneezes.

Ragweed pollen is one of the most notorious allergens and a common cause of hay fever. Some 10-20% of Americans are allergic to this pollen, and with climate change affecting weather nationwide,studies have shown that ragweed season is lasting longer than ever. Though ragweed tends to grow most densely in rural areas, even those in the city can be affected, as this potent pollen can travel hundreds of miles in the wind. Keep yourself breathing well through hay fever season by cranking up your air purifier, closing your windows, and keeping an eye on your local pollen forecast when you want to plan a trip outdoors.

Back to School Blues

Mothers and fathers, rejoice! Summer is winding to a close, and soon, it will be time for students all over the country to head back into the classroom for another year of reading, writing, and arithmetic. For kids with allergies and asthma, going back to school also means being exposed to a different set of allergens than they might find at home. While many classrooms have switched to whiteboards, chalk dust is still a common allergen that affects many children during lessons. Younger students will also be exposed to art supplies that may create powder residue or chemical fumes.

Even recess, the most beloved part of the school day, can be an allergen free-for-all with students coming into contact with pollen and grasses during playtime. Help your child take control of their symptoms bycreating a classroom management plan, so that they, and their teachers, know how to identify environmental triggers and the best way to respond to them.

Out with the Old, In with the New!

Announcing our new Rabbit Air website that makes searching for an air purifier, fun. Loaded with new information and now easier to navigate, take it out for a test spin!

National Water Quality Month

August is National Water Quality Month, and a perfect opportunity to think about a resource that is often taken for granted. According to the EPA, Americans drink over a billion glasses of water every single day – not to mention the water used for cooking, cleaning, and to water our lawns. If we want to ensure that we have clean drinking water for years to come, we must all work together to reduce pollution and to keep our watersheds clean. You can help in a number of ways, from recycling motor oil, to switching out harsh chemical pesticides on your lawn for more eco-friendly options. Learn more about what you can do to preserve our nation’s water supply by visiting the EPA online.

Fall Allergy Guide

For those of you who are more visually inclined, Rabbit Air presents our newest seasonal info-graphic all about the upcoming fall allergy season: click here! Here we show some of the most common allergens found at this time of year, as well as tips on how to keep your symptoms down and your spirits up during the windy, rainy autumn months. If more in-depth info is what you require, check out our learning center for articles not only about allergy season, but for many of the most common air quality issues at home. You can also follow us on our social media channels or swing by our blog for news, updates, and information.


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