Cheap Face Masks Little Help Against Air Pollutants

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Inexpensive cloth masks offer little protection against air pollution, a new study suggests.

Many people in Asia wear disposable surgical masks or washable cloth masks to protect against small air pollution particles.

But tests on different types of masks showed that "the most commonly used cloth mask products perform poorly when compared to alternative options available on the market," according to health scientists at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst.

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What Are Seasonal Allergies?

More than 67 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. But, what is an allergy? What is an allergic reaction? What are common allergy symptoms? What allergy treatments are available?

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What is Pollen?

Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States. Pollen is an airborne allergen, which is picked up and carried by the wind. Various trees, grasses and weeds create pollen, which can cause hay fever, irritate your eyes and skin.

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