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#1 Purr

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 09:45 AM

Can anyone recommend a good, quiet air purifier? Between good old ragweed and the Sjogren's acting up, I need one badly.

You can send me a PM (click on the envelope icon at the left of my message on the forum) with any brand name or model suggestions.

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#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 09:50 AM

Hi Chris,

We don't give brand recommendations on the Forum, as a general rule (see Guidelines). If you are being treated by an allergist, I'd ask him for advice. One thing to be aware of though, many air purifiers emit ozone and there is some controversy about their long-term use.

Cheer up, though, autumn and the frosts are nearly here and pollen will be done for another year. :emoticons-yes:
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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:05 AM

Thanks Jeanne. Another thing I've notice is that now that it's chillier at night, the pesky gnats are going away!!!! yay

Thanks again,
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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:37 AM

Chris, I'd like to add here that it is very helpful for me -- for the Sjogren's dryness symptoms -- to run a humidifier in our house when our humidity dips below 40%. So you might actually have two separate issues to deal with, both clean (unpollenated) air and humidity.
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Posted 17 September 2010 - 04:25 PM

Shelley- thanks for that thought. I have real problems with dryness but I live in a very humid area so it never occurred to me to try that.
I have used those nasal washes with some relief too.

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Posted 18 September 2010 - 01:35 AM

Thanks Shelley. I actually have a humidifier in my bedroom, but haven't turned it on yet. I did last night and could tell a nice difference this morning. Will still need to look into the air purifier though. Seems like the really good ones are soooo expensive though.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 05:26 AM

Hi Chris,

Have you met with an allergist yet? They are great at helping identify which methods are helpful for your particular allergies. Mine recommended a brand of over the counter allergy pills, since my primary seasonal allergy lasts for less than a month. So it's very inexpensive and I only need to use it when I am having the most bothersome symptoms.

I'm a bit dubious of an indoor air purifier, for me, because my problem is mainly with outdoor air, not the indoor air-conditioned (and thus somewhat filtered) air. Consider the ozone issues and look for consumer report studies, too.
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:36 AM

I met with one about two years ago and he wasn't a big help. He said it was hard to pinpoint anything specific and recommended what yours did.

Something that was recommended to me for my Sjogren's was a nasal moisturizer gel to swab the inside of the nose. You have to be careful and not go too far up, just the nasal area that can be seen. That helps me a lot.

Thanks for you advice.

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