Spring Needn’t Mean SufferingWritten by Duncan under Air Purifiers | No Comments
There are some less pleasant aspects of Spring and Summer time for those who suffer from hay fever, but there are steps you can take to alleviate the affects of those allergies and still let in the lovely Spring weather.
If you are suffering from hay fever or asthma, it’s generally agreed that air quality is of paramount importance in alleviating those symptoms. The use of air purifiers can really improve the cleanliness of the air you breathe and in turn help control or even prevent the symptoms altogether. A range of air purifiers is available including units that filter out airborne particles, some that wash the air with water and others that sterilise the air using ozone or UV light. Filter units such as the PL3000 HEPA Air Purifier will remove 99.97% of any airborne particles including dirt, dust pollen and animal dander up to 0.03 microns. A built-in ioniser replaces negative ions that have been destroyed by pollution and electronic equipment making the air feel cleaner and fresher too.
The combination of a wet, warm spring followed by what promises to be a hot summer means grass pollen levels are likely to soar. Aside from investing in an air purifier, there are some other steps you can take to minimise any symptoms. Antihistamine tablets and nasal sprays can help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat and itchy or watery eyes. Anti-inflammatory nasal sprays and nose drops can also reduce inflammation in the delicate lining of the nose. Most of these are available over-the-counter, but some you can only get on prescription and will have to speak to your GP. You can get more information from the NHS website.
Keep an eye on the pollen count – you can find information about that on the BBC Weather website. Avoid going outside when it’s humid or when pollen counts are high and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen. If you have been outside, don’t undress in the bedroom before going to bed so you don’t spread any pollen that may have gathered on your clothes and will cause you discomfort during the night. If you live in a tall building, keep windows closed during the middle of the day as pollen tends to rise in the atmosphere. Don’t put your washing out to dry if pollen counts are high as pollen grains may get trapped in the fibres of clothes and bed linen.
Asthma and allergy sufferers ideally should not keep pets, but if you must then remove all carpeting if possible and keep bedding, curtains, blinds and sofa surfaces dust free and hair free. Don’t allow the pet to spend time in the room where you sleep and always keep an air purifier in the home to help reduce the amount of pet dander and dust in the air.