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Cosmetics Allergies and Air Purifiers

A cosmetics allergy is when some sort of makeup or skin care product causes an allergic reaction, either by contact or by inhalation. The reaction to a cosmetics allergy can range from a minor sniffle to a serious rash and immune response. Cosmetics can be in the form of creams, powders, liquids, soaps, shampoos, perfumes, conditioners, deodorants, etc….really anything that is put on one’s person. Contact Dermatitis Contact dermatitis happens when a person is sensitive to a chemical in the cosmetic. Contact dermatitis can result in a rash on the part of the body covered by the cosmetic or on the part of the body used to apply the cosmetic. One can either be allergic to the substance or irritated by the substance. An irritant actually damages the skin, which an allergy evokes an immune Read more [...]

Charcoal Air Purifier, Charcoal Filter, Chemical Air Purifier

The Truth about Charcoal Air Purifiers A charcoal air purifier or charcoal filter, also commonly known as an activated carbon air filter, works by absorbing the gases and odors in the air. However, the cost and size of a charcoal purifier filter varies considerably. Charcoal that is marketed as activated carbon has been treated with oxygen to open up millions of pores in between the carbon atoms. This works so well because the millions of tiny cells that are in the charcoal in addition to being very porous also attract and capture odors and gases. A carbon air filter is also often used in military gas masks and water purifiers. This is because it is capable of absorbing toxic gases in air as well as chlorine and other chemicals in water. When the available cells are full of absorbed Read more [...]

Best Smoke Air Purifier

Best Smoke Air Purifier for Smokers Anyone who lives with a smoker knows the downside when it comes to air quality. Both the smell of stale cigarette smoke and the residues that smoking leaves are bothersome and may be an irritant as well. Besides the staining, the same tarry coating that discolors everything from computer screens to light fixtures is also risking health because of second hand smoke. Removing smoke from the air isn’t just for hygienic reasons, but also for basic health concerns.  There are specific air cleaners for smokers, but the right design must be selected. Constituents of smoke According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 250 harmful substances in cigarette smoke. A few of the known or suspected carcinogenic agents are: Arsenic – a poisonous Read more [...]

Air Purifiers Remove Office Chemicals

We tend to think of the office environment as neat, tidy and clean. With regular janitorial services, to the eye it certainly appears so. However, there are often undetected chemicals in the office environment, but that do have health effects. In fact, it is enough of a concern for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (a department of the CDC) to devote an entire section of their website to the problem. And, unfortunately, it isn’t enough for building management to use air duct cleaning or normal air filter systems to fix all the problems. Air filter systems installed as part of the air handling equipment for a building will help reduce dust accumulation, as will regular air duct cleaning. What these procedures will not do is remove most chemical contaminants from the Read more [...]

Industrial Fumes

In the US, the agency responsible for worker health and safety is OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They set levels for worker exposure to fumes and the safety equipment needed. Once these fumes escape the facility, they become the responsibility of the Environmental Protection Agency. An air purifier system may be mandated, depending on the regulations in place. Commonly, the EPA will require a fume extractor to keep volatile chemicals out of the environment. Industrial fumes are those products of manufacturing which make it into the air, either inside the plant or outside. Some are generated by the manufacturing process itself, while others are a consequence of using highly concentrated chemicals during production. In industrial applications, chemicals are often Read more [...]

Formaldehyde Exposure

Formaldehyde is a very small molecule, about the size of a single molecule of water. However, even though it is extremely tiny, it packs a big punch. It’s probably best known to the public for its preservative properties – solutions containing formaldehyde have been used to preserve biological specimens and even in embalming. The reason it is so effective at stopping bacterial growth is the same reason we don’t want it in our air; it is extremely poisonous. The cells in our bodies can be killed by formaldehyde as easily as bacterial or fungal cells are. Of particular importance is the concentration of formaldehyde in the air. Measurements are given in parts per billion (ppb). One ppb means one molecule of formaldehyde in a billion molecules of air. The section below on formaldehyde Read more [...]

Asbestos

Asbestos is a mineral that occurs naturally. It is composed of silicon in glass-like threads. The properties that make it dangerous are also the properties that made it useful in construction and manufacturing. Primarily, asbestos fibers are inert. They will not naturally degrade from chemicals, sunlight or even high heat. This is also why they are so dangerous when inhaled. Because the human body cannot break down the fibers, they can accumulate in the lungs, causing irritation and eventual damage. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are two of the serious consequences of chronic exposure to asbestos. Asbestosis is a progressive lung disease caused by the physical damage and scarring that the sharp fibers can cause. Mesothelioma is a type of cancerous tumor that is triggered by exposure to asbestos. Read more [...]

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – MCS Air Purifiers/Air Cleaners

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is often considered a fringe disease – a diagnosis that doesn’t have clear and compelling evidence in the medical community. The reason for this is the individual nature of the symptoms. Although MCS mimics symptoms of allergy, and is thought to share some of the same mechanisms, different people show different levels of sensitivity and quite often, it is impossible to narrow down a specific cause. Further, symptoms of MCS are not those of a classic allergy (although there may be some overlap): Runny nose, watery or stinging eyes Wheezing or breathlessness Nausea Fatigue, poor memory, inability to focus/concentrate Headache, migraine, dizziness Only the first of these are symptoms of allergy. Many physicians will approach MCS in the Read more [...]