The first day of spring will be upon us on the 20th March, 2015. Slowly but surely plants will be reinvigorated with a new zest, the days will stretch longer and…..pollen will affect our immune systems!
Hay fever is also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis and is caused by pollen such as tree, weed and grass pollen. Mould spores, due to a damp area, also bring on hay fever symptoms.
Around 20-25% of the UK population exhibit signs of hay fever symptoms and 95% of these sufferers are allergic to grass pollen.
Perennial allergic rhinitis, a close relative of seasonal allergic rhinitis, lasts year round and is attributed to house mite and pet allergies.
What happens to the internally in these circumstances is that the body makes antibodies in response to triggers such as pollen, mites and mould spores. of course this results in symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, itchy roof of mouth and a stuffy or runny nose.
Often a hay fever induced stuffy nose leads to a poor nights sleep due to the inability to breathe properly.
A great solution for hay fever symptoms, and other allergies, is to use a dehumidifier to filter the air.
However you shouldn’t use an ordinary dehumidifier for hay fever remedy purposes as these machines only bring down the air humidity levels.
For optimum effect what you need is a dehumidifier with both an anti-bacterial filter and an ioniser.
The dehumidifier brings down the humidity level of the living space and, in turn, it eradicates breeding grounds for mould. Hence mould spores won’t affect you any longer.
The anti-bacterial filter kills bacteria, upon contact, when the bacteria get pulled into the dehumidifier via the fan.
There are both positive and negative ions in the air and those with respiratory issues such as hay fever or asthma find breathing difficult due to the presence of the positive ions. Therefore a dehumidifier with an ioniser is necessary.
The ioniser releases negative ions into the air. These negative ions then attach themselves to positive ions, such as dirt and pollen. The enlarged ion is too heavy to stay in the air so they fall either into the dehumidifiers filter or onto the ground where they can be hoovered up.
Two great dehumidifiers for hay fever sufferers are the EcoAir DD122 MK5 Dehumidifier , which contains a filter with silver nano technology and the Meaco DD8L Dehumidifier which I personally own and recommend highly.
A ‘silver nano’ filter dehumidifier basically has a silver ion on the filter. The nano silver attached to the filter releases silver ions which kill bacteria in the air plus it also controls the growth of microbes such as mould spores, fungi, virus and bacteria.
Drying clothes outdoors is not an option for those with hay fever symptoms as pollen will definitely stick to sheets, towels and most other washing.
Luckily however both the EcoAir DD122 MK5 and the Meaco DD8L Dehumidifier feature a ‘Laundry’ mode, also known as a ‘Turbo’ or ‘Continuous’ mode, which is ideal for drying clothes indoors.
In the ‘Laundry’ mode the dehumidifier runs continuously, on it’s highest setting for maximum extraction, until a RH (relative humidity) of 35% is reached. Combine this with the increased heat in the room, the Meaco DD8L increases the surrounding air temperature by 10C-12C, and you have a great combination for drying clothes indoors.