There's Something in the Air
Spring has officially sprung and summer is on its way!
By Tammy James, Senior Marketing Executive, March 2019
Everyone loves the warmer months but for those with allergies, it can be a miserable time. Many hay fever sufferers now have to face the battle between wanting to open windows and welcoming in fresh spring air – and the inevitable invasion of sneeze-inducing pollen.
Hay fever now affects around 1 in 5 people in the UK and is caused by an allergy to pollen. Hay fever can be triggered by pollen from many different plants and grasses, and has three main phases between January and September*:
- Tree pollen – late March to mid-May
- Grass pollen - mid-May to July
- Weed pollen – end of June to September
Symptoms of Hay Fever
- Itchy eyes and throat
- Sneezing, blocked/runny nose
- Altering, red eyes (allergic conjunctivitis
- Headaches and blocked sinuses
- Shortness of breath
These symptoms may become more severe when the pollen count is high. Hay fever can run in families and if you suffer from asthma or eczema, you are more likely to develop hay fever. Hay fever sufferers are also more likely to develop asthma or eczema as well.
Creating a healthy indoor environment
Even when inside, allergy sufferers have to be mindful that external pollutants can enter the home. This can be through open doors, windows and trickle vents but, there are less obvious points of entry too. Every home has thousands of tiny gaps through which unfiltered air can enter.
A good quality ventilation system can significantly improve the indoor air quality by preventing external air pollutants from entering the house. Systems such as our Noxmaster are designed to run all year round. The system treats the whole property by ensuring indoor air is constantly diluted and replaced with fresh, pollutant-free air. It also achieves the correct number of air changes required to ensure a healthy indoor environment, free from condensation and pollutants, including pollen.
*Data taken from Met Office