Living with asthma
When my daughter was about 18 months she developed a chronic cough. When it first began we assumed she had a cold or other viral infection. So did the doctors. But it wouldn’t go away. We were given antibiotics (to rule out an infection) and antihistamines to see if allergies were the culprit. Nothing worked. Finally our paediatrician decided to try a brief trial of oral steroids. He advised us that if it was asthma we would see immediate improvement and then her cough would return in about two weeks. That is exactly what happened. Molly has what is called “cough variant asthma”. The predominant symptom is a dry, chronic cough. It usually comes on at night, which means no sleep for anyone and when it’s really bad it becomes difficult to catch her breath. It can be pretty scary. Every cold, every virus and allergy season can create a flare up. Luckily, with the right medication and some lifestyle changes we have been able to get her asthma under control.
One of the first changes we made in our home was to purchase an air purifier. We all know to wash our hands and clean surfaces where germs and viruses can linger but what we often over look one of the biggest places where asthma triggers like mold and dust are present – the air in our homes. If you, or your child, has allergies you probably making a point of staying inside and keeping doors and windows closed when pollens are at their peak. And that is good advice. But when you consider that we spent about 90% of our time indoors AND that inside air can be up to 5 X more polluted than outdoor air it just makes sense, especially for asthma sufferers, to keep that air as clean as possible. I know it has made a HUGE difference for our daughter.
Fellowes Canada AeraMax
When it comes to buying an air purifier for your home there are a lot of options. And it’s hard to know which one to choose. The good news is Fellowes Canada, a name many of us already know and trust, has come out with the AeraMax line of air purifiers. AeraMax purifiers are certified asthma and allergy friendly by the Asthma Society of Canada. That’s kind of a big deal. The AeraMax line uses a combination of the most effective filtration and cleaning methods as part of a 4-stage filtration process to remove 99.97 per cent of airborne pollutants and articles down to 0.3 microns in size. This level of performance makes it the perfect clean air solution for any space up to 300 square feet.
The AeraMax comes in several different models to fit every size home and budget. Visit the Fellowes Canada website to find out about all the features and models.
#PurifyYourAir Twitter Party
Since September is peak asthma month it seems like a great time to spread awareness about the benefits of breathing clean air in your home. You are invited to join us for the @FellowesCanada #PurifyYourAir Twitter Party!
Of course what’s a Twitter Party without prizes? Check out what you can win:
- 1 of 2 $100 Staples Gift Cards
- 1 of 2 AeraMax 100 Air Purifier (value $189.99)
- 1 of 2 AeraMax 200 Air Purifier (value $290.99)
- 1 AeraMax 300 Air Purifier (value $349.99)
Be sure to RSVP below and then join us on September 15th at 8:00 pm EST for the @FellowesCanada #PurifyYourAir Twitter Party.
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If you want to find out more about the AeraMax and see what I thought when I put it to the test as well as another chance to win your own head on over to my AeraMax review and giveaway post.