Spring is here and so pollen counts are up
Pollen is vital to plant growth, but it can cause unpleasant symptoms for people with pollen allergies.
During Spring, pollen spreads through the air and fertilizes plants. When people with allergies breathe in this pollen, their body identifies it as a threat, which can trigger an allergic reaction.
Pollen allergy causes a person to experience several of the following symptoms:
- itchy or watery eyes
- itchy throat
- a runny nose
- a stuffy nose
Some people with asthma may also find a pollen allergy worsens their existing asthma symptoms, which can include wheezing and coughing.
When a person breathes in pollen, the pollen releases water-soluble proteins on the respiratory lining. These proteins are usually harmless, but sometimes a person's body mistakenly recognizes them as harmful substances.
The different types of pollen you can be allergic to are:
- trees - birch, cedar or oak
- weeds - ragweed, sagebrush, or tumbleweed
But grasses are the most common.
Apart from medical treatments and lifestyle changes investing in an Air Purifier that has a HEPA filter will be the answer to your problems.
How an HEPA filter works?
HEPA - stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Air. It works by forcing the air through fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites and smoke.
Most air purifiers are fitted with HEPA filters.