There are certain things the mother of a child with asthma learns to live with.
For example, Crystal Castaneda, of Whittier, Calif., knew that every October and every May she would be making multiple visits to the hospital emergency room with her son Matthew. It had been that way since her son was born in 2003.
Like most asthmatics, Matthew’s respiratory illness was often triggered by seasonal changes in the fall and spring, when airborne pollen and other allergens are abundant. The wheezing and shortness of breath came with each new school year, and returned again as the longer days of summer approached. In the worst of months, there were as many as five emergency-room trips. And in the worst of years, there were as many as ten trips in a season.
Crystal, a human resources manager, was missing several days of work each year and her son was missing as many days of school. On some occasions, Matthew ceased breathing for terrifying moments, as Crystal helplessly looked on. The expense of the medications and trips to the emergency room were overwhelming too.
Then in 2010, Crystal was hired at IQAir and within a month took home her first IQAir HealthPro Plus stand-alone air purifier. She put it in Matthew’s bedroom and immediately turned it on. That was in September, the beginning of another bad period for Matthew’s asthma.
By October, Matthew’s asthma symptoms were so mild he stopped using his inhaler. Then he no longer needed the nebulizer he has depended on since he was an infant. And for the first time in his life, he made it through the autumn season without a single trip to a hospital for an emergency injection.
Last winter, Matthew went on a trip to the mountains for the first time.
“He never knew what snow was like, because we couldn’t go on outdoor trips like that,” says Crystal, smiling today.
“And now he plays Little League Baseball,” she says. “He’s become a boy without breathing problems.”
What’s more, Matthew hasn’t missed a day of school because of asthma since his mom brought home the IQAir HealthPro Plus.
Matthew’s pediatrician asked Crystal during a check-up, “What are you giving him”?
Her answer: “Clean Air.”
Crystal finally feels that her son is safe, and living a normal, happy life without the fear of asthma attacks.
“It’s the best feeling a mom can have,” she says.