Have you, or someone you know, developed a stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing fit? Environmental allergies might be the cause. For some people, allergies have seasonal (outdoor triggers), while others are susceptible to year-round (indoor triggers).
Seasonal allergens include:
- Deciduous and conifer tree pollen – spring into early summer
- Grass – late spring to early summer
- Outdoor molds – late summer to early autumn
- Weeds – late summer through autumn
Indoor allergies can occur year-round. These allergens include:
- Pet dander, saliva, and urine
- Dust mites
- Dust particles
- Indoor molds
What are Histamines?
Histamines are an immune system response to fight and eliminate a perceived threat. When people have seasonal environmental allergies, the body mistakenly identifies pollen as a harmful substance. The body fights this “enemy” by flooding the bloodstream with histamines. Histamines increase blood flow to the eyes, nose, and throat and result in inflammation accompanied by an allergic response – sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. This flood of fluids serves one purpose: to rid the body of the “harmful substance.”
Can I prevent allergies?
The best approach is to avoid exposure to the allergen. That means limiting your time outside when the allergens are at their peak. Additionally, a medical-grade HEPA air cleaner will help you maintain clean indoor air. It is essential that the air you breathe indoors is free from environmental allergens. This provides your immune system with a chance to rest and reset.
Which Austin Air purifiers work best for seasonal allergies?
In fact, all Austin Air cleaners work great for seasonal allergies. The HealthMate, HealthMate Plus, Allergy Machine and Bedroom Machine all utilize 60 square feet medical grade HEPA media. HEPA filtration is the best approach for removing allergens from the air. Each machine has a different carbon filter that manages odors and gasses. Learn more about Austin Air technology here..