How Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Can Use the Latest Technology to Breathe Easy

Do you loathe spring? Everyone is outside enjoying the improving weather, and you are cowering in your home with red eyes and a box of Kleenex close at hand. Dust and other air particles aggravate allergies and asthma during the warmer months. Fortunately, today’s technological advancements make it easier for you to rein in the dust in your home.

How Dust Impacts Your Health

Many different activities and sources produce dust, a common air pollutant. The main sources of dust are the natural erosion of sand, rock, and soil. However, in your home, dust typically comes from plant material, pollen, dead skin cells shed by animals (e.g., dander), and microscopic organisms.

The toxicity of dust particles depends on their size and type. Yet, the amount of dust present in the air and your length of exposure determines the potential harm dust may cause to your health. The inhalation of dust particles might cause:

  • Hay fever
  • Irritation to the eyes
  • Asthma attacks
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing

The latest research does not suggest that dust actually causes asthma, but it can exacerbate your issues. Even small concentrations of dust can worsen the symptoms for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or emphysema. Plus, breathing in high concentrations of dust over the years could reduce lung functioning. This could lead to lung and heart disorders as well as chronic bronchitis.

How the Latest Technology Helps Remove Dust in the Home

We do not have a lot of control over how much dust is in the air outside. However, we can control our indoor environment. First of all, find out if you have high levels of dust in your home. This is possible with laser air quality monitors. These devices give counts for both large and small particles.

Once you have identified the problem, you should consider investing in a robotic vacuum cleaner. These gadgets have come a long way since the original Roomba hit the market in 2002. These days, they will fit anywhere – including under your sofa – to pull the dust out of your carpeting, where particles love to lurk.

Additionally, many models of robot vacuums feature HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters. These filters force air through a very fine mesh that is capable of trapping pet dander, dust mites, pollen, and other harmful particles. Experts recommend vacuuming at least once or twice per week to decrease the allergens in your home environment.

 

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