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How Air Purifiers Help Asthma

Submitted by on October 21, 2009 – 12:51 pm5 Comments

InhalerAs you read this, take a nice deep breath.  If you had asthma, were experiencing an asthma attack, taking a deep breath would not feel nearly as good as it could – as good as it should.  For the millions of asthma sufferers that fear such an attack, breathing is not taken for granted, for it is an ability that is snatched from on occasions when they least expect it.  This article will discuss the issues with asthma, and explore how air purifiers can help with the disease.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), asthma is a disease that has experienced an increase of fifty percent in the United States alone over several decades, especially among inner city children. Why would those living in the city have a higher incidence?  Simple: pollution.  Were more offices and homes equipped with air purifiers, the symptoms of asthma could decrease significantly.

Some other reasons the U.S. has seen an increase in asthma are:

  • Increased weight in many individuals
  • Increase in stress levels
  • Too early introduction of solid foods containing additives to infants.  Such foods have greater allergenic tendencies
  • Poor nutrition
  • Dust mites
  • Pollens
  • Pollution
  • Overuse of antibiotics in the first year of life

Atopic asthma, also called extrinsic asthma, is an allergic condition in which the body produces large amounts of serum IgE, the allergic antibody. Atopic asthma is seasonal, not chronic; it typically comes about in childhood and in individuals with a family history allergy and positive skin allergy tests. Atopic asthma can be set off by pollen, mold and animal dander.  However, air purifiers are proven to be the most effective way to keep indoor air clean and safe.

Most air purifiers are proven to remove 99.7% of all particles found in indoor air. This means that substances like tobacco smoke, dust and chemical fumes can effectively be absorbed into the filter of an air purifier, thus making the home or work environment of an individual with asthma a safer one.

The filters used in most air purifiers are highly effective, with the ability to remove 99.7% of all particles that are 0.03 microns and larger.  The size of particle is important, because smaller particles, such as dust and pollen, have been pegged as the main cause of asthma attacks among sufferers.

Indoor areas without air purifiers working to clean the air provide an environment where contaminants are basically trapped in the rooms, able to continually circulate through the air until finally breathed in by unsuspecting individuals.  When this occurs with an asthma sufferer, the result can be a minor asthmatic attack at least, a severe attack at worst.

Asthma is a disease for which there is no cure.  Those who have been diagnosed with asthma find ways to eliminate exposure to substances that can trigger an attack.  Air purifiers are widely used and recommended for homes and offices, and can be added through whole-house systems or by placing a portable unit in the room where you spend a lot of time.  By using air purifiers, asthma sufferers can live more and worry a little less because they have created an environment of safety for them and their family.

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