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7 Reasons Air Purifiers Help Asthma and Allergies

Updated on November 5, 2012
7 ways that air purifiers can help asthma and allergy sufferers.
7 ways that air purifiers can help asthma and allergy sufferers.

Reasons Air Purifiers Help Asthma and Allergies

Air Purifiers remove toxic air pollution. We all know that. It even makes sense to us that removing toxic air pollution would help people with Asthma and Allergies. But removing these toxins, has a great impact on your physical body in a variety of ways. It is this impact that connects air purifiers to asthma and allergies in a positive way.

1.) Protects the Immune System

When you live in a constantly toxic environment, your immune system has to work in overdrive to counter the toxins entering your body. Sometimes, it is not able to fight off the germs you are exposed to and you get sick. Then when you get well, it is still caught in the cycle of fighting the toxins in the air you breathe. Its valuable and important that your immune system does this. By and large, it keeps you well. But when an air purifier cleans the air (especially if it's using some form of germicidal technology like UVGI or PCO), it removes those toxic chemical particles and germs from the air, giving your immune system a needed break from its war on bad stuff.

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2.) Removes Allergens

It's a no brainer, that when toxic particles are being removed, so are the particles like pollen and dust. If you are one of those people who suffer from allergies, not having these allergens in the air makes an incredible difference in your breathing ability.

3.) Removes Odors and Gases

Odors and gases are even less visible than particles because they are in vapor form. But you can smell them and they can irritate you. Sometimes you cannot smell them, and they can still make you sick. For example, formaldehyde is a gas that is often associated with causing asthma. You cannot see it or smell it but it can build up in the air. Good air purification removes these gases which serve as triggers for your asthma and allergies.

4.) Injects Oxygen into the Air

Both ozone and photo catalytic oxidation (PCO) are oxidizers that leave behind oxygen as a byproduct. Used properly, these technologies can not only, remove odors and gases, but also inject small amounts of oxygen in the air. This can help increase your lung capacity. We have seen many asthma sufferers who have experienced the ability to engage in activities previously given up as a result of using these technologies responsibly.

5.) Creates a 'Safe Zone'

When your body has a 'safe zone' where it is breathing very clean air, it has the time to recuperate. This means that when you go outside your home and are assailed by pollution and allergens, your body is refreshed to fight it. After using an air purifier for a while, you may be surprised to find that you react less to stimulants in other environments.

6.) Come Off Medications (Use Caution)

Some asthma and allergy sufferers have reported being able to come off medications after using an air purifier for a while. You should always consult your doctor and if you do come off medications, you do so at your own risk. But there are many reports of the power of air purification to remove many of the toxic stimulants that make medications necessary. As your body responds to the 'safe zone' and other benefits of air purification, it often finds it is stronger to respond to the triggers without medications. Eventually, being off medications strengthens the body's ability to heal itself and not be dependent on outside steroids.

7.) Increase Quality of Life

When an air purifier cleans the air, it significantly improves the quality of life for most asthma and allergy sufferers. They are able to do more activities that they enjoy without suffering. This lifts their mood and attitude. These positive changes in emotional outlook impact the body's health and vitality. The increased quality of life prompts the person to an upward spiral in enjoyment, health, and vitality.

Certainly, none of these reasons are true in all circumstances. You may be the exception to the rule. Some of them may apply to you. But for many many asthma sufferers, these benefits of air purification have been life changing.


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    • Christine Miranda profile image

      Christine Miranda 5 years ago from My office.

      Great article for this time of year. Fall allergies are tough for many. As much as I love Fall I look forward to the first frost and some relief from post nasal drip.

      In addition it seems Superstorm Sandy has stirred up a lot of allergens and which is not good for certain types of asthmatics. Voted up & more.