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There’s evidence negative ions combat allergies by neutralizing things such as pollen, mold spores, dust and pet dander.
Dust mites, mold, and pet dander (skin particles and dried saliva that some animals shed) are some of the most common asthma triggers.
Those can be things like pollen, pet dander, dust, mold, cold air, air pollution, perfume, stress, and exercise.
Top sheets keep your body dander from the comforter.
An air purifier can zap those microscopic invaders—as well as mold spores and pet dander—giving you clean air to go along with clean surfaces.
The Shark's brushes can capture short and long hair, dust, dander, and allergens.
Speaking of pets, a HEPA filter, as well as regular vacuuming, can also help ward against pet dander.
And as if that weren't enough, there are also perennial allergens that persist year-round, such as dust, pet dander, and some types of mold.
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Did You Know?
How did "dander" acquire its "temper" sense? Etymologists have come up with a few possibilities, but nothing is known for sure. Some experts have proposed, tongue-in-cheek, that the meaning stems from the image of an angry person tearing out his or her hair by the fistful, scattering dandruff in the process. Some think it may come from a West Indian word dander, which refers to a kind of ferment and suggests "rising" anger (in English, "ferment" can mean either "an agent capable of causing fermentation" or "a state of unrest or excitement"). Yet another proposed possibility is that the anger sense was imported to America by early Dutch colonists and is from their phrase op donderen, meaning "to burst into a sudden rage."
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