What else causes Hay Fever!?
Updated: Mar 4
Managing Hay Fever
Spring is almost upon us and with it comes a vast amount of airborne particles that can lead to #allergies such as Hay fever. Commonly, we are led to believe that pollen is the root cause yet whilst this may be a contributor there are other factors at work that create or increase the problem.
Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, coincidentally has nothing to do with hay or a fever is the most common allergic disorder in Australia, with 1 in 5 or 4.6 million of us being affected. Allergic rhinitis can have a significant impact on sleep, concentration, learning and daily function.
Causes and trigger factors
Hay fever is caused by the nose and/or eyes coming into contact with environmental allergens, such as pollen's, dust mite, moulds and animal hair.
Pollen's from grasses are one of the most common causes. So, being outside posses the greatest exposure however; what about when you are home and the symptoms persist. Hay Fever sufferers are advised to stay indoors when it’s pollen season or on windy days however; particles still circulate indoors and unless there is continual air change then you might as well stay outside. The two examples below demonstrate how bad the problem is:
Allergic Rhinitis by age, 2017–18:
Managing or controlling the symptoms normally results in consumption of chemical based medicine to reduce the inflammation such as antihistamine or nasal sprays however; there are documented side effects such as headaches, dry mouth, drowsiness and fatigue. Combined with the original problem does not suggest that you are any more comfortable or relieved.
Air purification technology is playing a more significant role in helping reduce the symptoms and is scientifically proven to remove airborne contaminants that contribute to allergies. Airborne particles around the home are significant contributors and can be huge in terms of quantity.
Mould spores can cause upper respiratory irritation and an allergic reaction such as sneezing, a runny nose, wheezing, red eyes and a skin rash. If you're seeing tiny bits of black here and there, that's actually millions or billions of mould spores.
Dust mites For most people, while they are disgusting, house dust mites are not actually harmful. However, the medical significance of house dust mites arises because their microscopic cast skins and feces are a major constituent of house dust that induces allergic reactions. Your mattress could have as many as 100,000 to 10 million of the critters. We will have a more in-depth look at these in our next post.
Dander (skin flakes) from humans or animals are a significant source of allergy triggers. All pets, regardless of hair length, produce proteins in their dander and saliva that can trigger allergies. As an example; dander residue from cats can linger at significant exposure levels in carpets for up to 20 weeks and in mattresses for years, even if the pet has been removed completely.
AIRsteril has manufactured a range of products here that can control the level of airborne particles in and around your home or workplace to significantly control the spread of these common allergens. We spend a good amount of time asleep and in a rested state we consume up to 8 litres of air a minute or an average night sleep of 7 hours equals 3360 liters. Without proper control that is a lot of unwanted particles entering our body.
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