Allergic reactions to airborne allergens are sadly very common. People suffer from allergies due to ragweed pollen, mould, dust mites, etc. And although there are seasonal variations between one allergen to the next, each season has its allergens and people who suffer due to them.
In this article, we’ll go over the most common allergens, what symptoms they cause, how can you minimize allergic reactions, and how air purifiers can help you.
The season of spring is lovely with budding flowers and greening scenery. It is, nevertheless, one of the worst times of year for seasonal allergies. As trees, flowers, and weeds release a large amount of pollen into the air, tens of millions of people around the world start displaying the symptoms of hay fever. What’s worse is that pollens can travel hundreds of miles, so even if there are no plants in your home or workplace, you will still likely suffer allergic reactions, especially on windy days.
When pollen grains are inhaled by someone who is allergic, the body’s defenses go haywire. The immune system misidentifies the pollen as a threat and produces antibodies to combat the allergens. Histamines are released into the bloodstream as a result of this — it is your body’s way of protecting you against something which it perceives as a threat. Histamines cause a runny nose, itchy eyes, and other common allergy symptoms that everyone is acquainted with.
Although most people consider spring to be the peak pollen season, those who suffer from ragweed allergies will find fall to be their allergy season. Ragweed is a flower that can cause hay fever/allergic rhinitis. In the United States alone, roughly 23 million people suffer from ragweed allergy symptoms. Ragweed and its fine-powder pollen cause allergy responses in about 75% of persons suffering from spring hay fever. Ragweed pollen, like other pollens, may travel hundreds of miles due to wind, so it doesn’t have to grow in your closest surrounding for you to be affected.
Mould is another source of allergy problems both indoors and out. Moulds are fungi that thrive in moist/humid locations, such as basements and bathrooms.
Dust mites, which are another source of indoor allergies, are minute arthropods that propagate indoors in mattresses, pillows, and furniture pieces. Dust mites, unlike the two allergens we previously touched on, are sadly a year-round allergy trigger. They’re more abundant in the hot summer months or humid autumn and winter months depending on where you live.
To lessen dust mite allergy symptoms, the best natural therapies focus on minimizing exposure to these microorganisms
Sadly, pet allergies are all too common, but most people misidentify the true allergens. Did you know that most pet allergies are caused by dander produced by the animal rather than by its hair? Small flakes of skin shed by cats, dogs, rats, birds, etc. make up pet dander.
The proteins found in the saliva, urine, and feces of pets can potentially be allergens, too, potentially. They break down to microscopic levels over time, and they usually enter the body either through the air or when you pet the animal.
Since pets have many allergens, and they cause allergic reactions through different means, it isn’t as easy to minimize or prevent allergic reactions to pets as it is to flower pollen, for example. That’s why the most obvious strategy to avoid allergic reactions is to avoid contact with pets. If that isn’t an option, consider the following:
Air purifiers, which are specifically designed to improve indoor air quality, filter out airborne particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust, and mould, which are the primary allergens indoor. In general, the air purifier’s fan draws dirty room air in, then pushes it through a filter or layer of filters to trap the harmful particles inside before releasing clean air back into the room.
By investing in the appropriate air purifier with a robust purifying pipeline and quality filters, you can minimize allergic reactions indoors to a considerable degree. You can say goodbye to constant coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and other inconvenient reactions.