Asthma Air Purifier
In addition to treating your asthma symptoms with medication, it is important to reduce possible triggers in your environment as much as possible. For many asthma patients, a variety of irritants that trigger your asthma may be present in your home. These environmental irritants may include such substances as tobacco smoke, chemical fumes, perfumes, animal dander, dust mites, dust, mold, and pollen to name several. One way to reduce these types of triggers is by using an asthma air purifier.
In order to choose the best air purifier for your home (or office, if needed) is to determine which particular substances are triggering your asthma symptoms. Different purifiers work well at eliminating some substances more than others. For example, some air purifiers are designed to eliminate airborne substances such as chemicals and gases, while others work best at decreasing things like pet dander and dust, which are comprised of tiny particles.
Air purifiers work by pulling the surrounding air through a filter. Once filtered, the purifier blows clean air back out into the room. These filters will either need to be replaced or cleaned periodically to function optimally, because the substances they filter accumulate on the filter. Breathing the clean, purified air may help decrease the likeliness of you having an asthma episode.
Since tobacco smoke often exacerbates asthma symptoms, if there is a smoker in your home an air purifier can be essential to help keep your asthma symptoms under control. Almost any type of air purifier or cleaner, if the appropriate size and properly maintained, will effectively eliminate tobacco smoke from an area.
Air purifiers come in a variety of types and sizes. Some are small enough to use in your car, while others are made to filter an entire house. You can also get small, portable ones for traveling.
Unfortunately, air purifiers do have some limitations. For example, they are not effective in filtering things that are buried in your carpet undisturbed. Also, if dust mites are one of your triggers and they have accumulated in your pillow or bedding, you will start to inhale these as soon as you get into bed. The air purifier will not be able to eliminate them first. Also, if you have a pet and pet dander is one of your triggers, an air purifier will have limited effectiveness as long as the pet remains in your home.
Asthma air purifiers don't work for everyone. However, if you suffer from asthma, it may be worth using one in your home to see if it helps reduce your symptoms.