Allergens are usually harmless substances that may trigger an adverse immune response in some individuals. Unfortunately, allergens can be found almost everywhere, including inside your home. Some common indoor allergens include dust mites, animal dander, molds, and cockroach droppings.
Understanding the nature and location of indoor sources of allergens is fundamental when it comes to preventing or decreasing common allergy symptoms. If you haven’t found adequate relief by minimizing exposure to the indoor allergens, you may want to consider getting an air purifier.
Benefits of air purifiers
Air purifiers usually consist of a filter, or multiple filters, and a fan that sucks in and circulates the air. As air moves through the filter(s), pollutants, allergens, and toxic particles are captured, and the clean air is pushed back out into the living space. These devices have helped reduce airborne allergens for some people who suffer from indoor allergies. Some benefits of air purifiers include:
Remove triggers for asthma attacks
Most asthma triggers are inside your home. These triggers can include dry skin cells, dirt, dust, carbon monoxide, household cleaners, paint products, cosmetics, and more. If these particles are lingering in the air in your home, they can be inhaled and cause common asthma symptoms, such as wheezing. By having an air purifier, you may be able to decrease the amount of particles circulating in the air of your home, ultimately helping decrease common asthma symptoms.
For some people, when they inhale dust, pollen, or pet dander, their body produces IgE, the allergy antibody. As a result, an allergic reaction comes with this response. To counteract these reactions, there are air purifiers that may help eliminate the amount of these allergens without releasing ozone, an allergy irritant.
Removes outside fumes and pollutants in urban environments
Air pollution can be drawn into a home depending on your home’s location and may irritate those with allergies and asthma. Having an air purifier in your home may help decrease pollution inside and outside of your home.
Increases air circulation
To improve air circulation in your home without an air purifier, you would have to keep your windows and doors open often, which is not always ideal for those who suffer from outdoor allergies. Air purifiers may also help improve air circulation so that your home will have less dangerous particles and indoor allergens.
At Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, we can discover hidden allergens and provide additional treatments, including immunotherapy, to help you feel your best. Contact Northeast Allergy, Asthma & Immunology today to schedule your appointment.