More than 50 million people in the United States suffer from various types of allergies each year. One of the most common types of allergies is allergic rhinitis, typically referred to as hay fever. Many people encounter hay fever seasonally, but some experience symptoms year-round. Today on the AirTulip blog, we’re breaking down the important role air quality plays in the development of these allergies.
The connection between air quality and allergy symptoms.
Research has revealed a close relationship between air pollution and instances of allergies, asthma, and other related allergic disorders. The specific types of air pollution that influence the development and severity of allergic symptoms include ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter. When these pollutants are inhaled, they cause inflammation of the airway and lead to allergic reactions such as frequent sneezing, coughing, congestion, and itchy eyes.
Indoor air quality is just as important as outdoor air quality.
Allergies are most commonly associated with pollen and contaminants from the outdoors, particularly during seasonal changes. While outdoor air quality plays a key role in the development of allergies, the impact of indoor air quality should not be overlooked.
Lack of air circulation is one of the biggest issues when it comes to indoor air pollution. Poor indoor ventilation prohibits pollutants from escaping and contributes to mold growth in the home. Exposure to mold can cause an immune reaction that results in symptoms such as a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, or an asthmatic response.
Poor indoor air quality also allows particulate matter and contaminants to build up and travel within the home. When environmental triggers such as dust, dust mites, pet dander, soot, and smoke reside indoors, they inflame the respiratory pathways and lead to allergic reactions.
Causes of poor indoor air quality.
In addition to poor air circulation, there are several other contributing factors to indoor air pollution. Frequent use of indoor pesticides or toxic cleaning supplies, poorly maintained HVAC units, unclean chimneys and vents, and certain building materials all play a role in the development of indoor air pollution.
How to improve indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms.
To reduce air pollution within the home, start by opening windows and doors frequently to allow for airflow and ventilation. It’s also important that vents are kept clean and regular maintenance on air conditioners and HVAC units is carried out. When shopping for cleaning supplies and household items, choose natural alternatives whenever possible.
Keeping a high quality air purifier in the home will provide great relief to allergy sufferers. By keeping an air purifier in places where you spend a lot of time (such as the bedroom), you're reducing the amount of particulate matter in the air and preventing pollutants from entering your respiratory system.
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