Managing allergies usually entails balancing two things:
- Control of the allergy symptoms through drugs and other natural or homeopathic remedies.
- Keeping away from the substances to which we are allergic.
Air purifiers fall in the second category.
Keeping your air "clean" is a significant issue, whether you have allergies or not. But, it is worsened by allergies and the need to remove allergens. The American College of Allergists says, "50% of all illness is aggravated or caused by polluted indoor air." This is a significant factor for people with an inhalant allergy. Further, the EPA, in a report to Congress, stated that, "indoor air represents one of the most important problems based on an estimated population risk."
As our population gets older, and the chance of respiratory difficulties increase, the need for better air also increases. Finally, the American Medical Association has concluded, "air pollution can affect not only the lungs, but virtually every organ and system of the body." For those with allergies, this is particularly true. When you are in the midst of a flare-up it's not just your nose and your eyes which may bother you, but also energy levels and reduced immunity.
With this in mind, air purifiers can be an invaluable addition to your other strategies for managing your allergies. Particularly when the air outside may be full of pollen or other irritants, you can keep the air inside as allergen-free as possible. This can mean an easier time for you in managing your symptoms.
Some air purifiers will address the air inside your whole home. Others will deal with air quality in a room or a limited area. Some will kill mold and other "living" allergens. Some focus on the removal of particles. Depending on the severity of your allergies and the limits of your budget you will have to decide what level of air purification will work best for you.