is Allergy season?
The answer depends on
what you are allergic to and some allergens are perennial, or
ongoing, year-round allergies:
Spring has trees,
pollen and grass.
In early summer,
In late summer and
into fall, weeds pollinate, and other allergens include grass and
Rhinitis (hay fever) caused by ragweed pollen, and
MOLD. Fall allergies can also include leaves
In winter, indoor
allergens include dust, dust mites, dust mite droppings,
mold spores, and dog and cat dander. Cockroaches, mice,
and rats can also be the source of indoor allergens.
It just depends on what
you are allergic to.
Indoor Air Pollution,
Common causes of
indoor air pollution which can trigger allergy symptoms at work or home
include carpeting, upholstery, adhesives, manufactured wood products,
copier chemicals, cleaning agents and pesticides. These often emit or
“off gas” what's known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
that can trigger allergy symptoms. Common VOCs include formaldehyde
(often from furniture or building materials) , and aerosol cleaning
Although VOCs can
cause allergy-like reactions, they are more likely “chemical
sensitivities”. Some individuals have a condition called
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or “MCS”, which is not a true
allergy. True allergies cause the immune system of an allergic
person to react, while VOCs or chemical irritants can simply
irritate the respiratory tract in some people without triggering
an immune system reaction or allergy. Those who have true allergies to
different substances may experience both allergies and chemical
If you have Allergies, it is
highly recommended to use a HEPA Purifier with a heavy CARBON bed
(5-15 lbs.+ depending on design) at work, home, and while sleeping for sensitive
individuals including those with Asthma, MCS. The HEPA filter will
remove the particles, while the CARBON will remove VOCs such as
chemicals, irritants, gases, and even odors.
As the owner of
Allergy Purifiers LLC, I personally use, and highly recommend the
IQAir HealthPro Plus purifier for a wide range of allergens and for
Asthma or MCS. This particular air purifier is
currently regarded as one of the very best on the market, and the
IQAir HealthPro Plus removes more allergens than standard HEPA
filters, even catching cat dander, where most HEPA filters
cannot efficiently capture these smaller particles.
Thank you for reading!
Doug Bracken - 3-6-12