How exactly does an air purifier remedy hay fever symptoms?

Hay fever is a problem that 16 million people in the UK suffer from. For those with hay fever, their enjoyment of life can be vastly reduced as symptoms make them feel under the weather on an almost constant basis. So what can be done and where do air purifiers come into all this?

What causes hay fever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Not everyone is allergic to pollen, but about one in five of us are. When pollen particles come into contact with the mouth, nose and eyes the immune system responds as if it is being attacked by a virus. This reaction causes histamines to be released into the body and these chemicals lead to typical hay fever symptoms – sore eyes, sneezing, an itchy noes, palate and headaches.

When is hay fever at its worst?

In spring and summer, the pollen counts are higher, the situation can be even worse and as most hay fever sufferers will know getting relief from symptoms can be extremely difficult. In June and July pollen levels in the air are at their peak as trees and grasses both flower in these months.

How does an air purifier remedy symptoms?

Some people hope that by staying indoors more the symptoms of hay fever will be relieved because they will not be breathing in the pollen. However, this is not necessarily the case as the air inside the home or office will naturally be contaminated with pollen.

A good, well suited air purifier will cleanse the air and remove pollen so that you can enjoy relief from the symptoms of hay fever. Since we spend 90% of our time indoors, an air purifier can have a dramatic effect on reducing our pollen exposure.

How does an air purifier remove the pollen from the air?

This actually depends on the type of the air purifier…

If you have a Hepa Filter air purifier this will intercept pollen particles (along with other pollutants!) from the air as it passes through the machine. And if you opt for a life time Hepa filter purifer, you won’t need to keep buying new ones.

An Airfree purifier will ‘zap’ the pollen particles, breaking them down so that they no longer cause an allergic reaction. This happens inside the core of the purifier where all particles are incinerated – no filter is needed.

What else can you do to reduce hay fever symptoms?

  • Make sure you keep your doors and windows closed, otherwise the air purifier won’t be able to do its job!
  • To avoid bringing pollen into your home you should change your clothes and wash your hair when you get in.
  • When you do venture out, wearing sunglasses can reduce the amount of pollen which gets into your eyes.
  • Eating local honey is also meant to work as it contains small doses of pollen which can help to build up immunity – a bit like getting a jab, just a lot sweeter!

If you found this useful, we’ve also written an article entitled Top 10 tips for avoiding exposure to pollen, which will give you even more advice on how to escape pollen.

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