Allergies are prevalent these days, not only in children but in adults as well. In fact, according to the FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) the prevalence of allergic reactions to peanuts has doubled over a period of five years. Thatís only as far as peanuts are concerned. In a separate study, the number of people having allergic reactions to latex has also gone through a significant increase through the years.
An allergy is a condition wherein a problematic immune system overreacts to certain foreign substances that are otherwise not harmful. As our bodyís immune defense system attacks these substances, the resultant release of vast amounts of antibodies leads to symptoms commonly associated with allergies, such as itchiness, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, swelling, rashes, etc.
One way of preventing allergies is to use allergy products designed to help you avoid allergens found in our environment. Check below for a list of our top picks:
Air Filters or Purifiers
When we think of air pollution, we usually associate it with outdoor air. However, a growing number of allergic reactions may also be due to certain airborne allergens in the home. In fact, in 1990, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranked indoor air pollution as ďa high priority health risk.Ē
Allergy products such as air filters and air purifiers will greatly help in reducing allergens that can cause asthma or asthma-like symptoms, such as difficulty in breathing, nasal congestion, respiratory swelling, and the like.
There are five basic types of air-related allergy products:
Gas phase filters
Indoor allergens are not only found in the air, but in every surface. Carpets, especially if you keep pets, are very conducive to allergens such as dust mites and animal danders, which are dry cells shed from the skin of your pets.
One good allergy product is a carpet cleaner. Reduce you exposure to indoor allergens by keeping your carpet clean and free from particles that you are allergic to.
Home Water Treatment Systems
One of the things that we often take for granted is water. When we turn on the tap, we expect water that is clean, safe and suitable for household tasks. In truth, no water is 100% pure. All water contains contaminants such as minerals, gases, bacteria, metals, and chemicals. But while many of these contaminants are harmless, there are some that may adversely affect your health and in some people, cause allergic reactions.
An allergy product designed to decrease your exposure to contaminated water is a home water treatment system. With this allergy product, you can control water quality problems, such as hardness, corrosivity, foaming, staining or bad tastes, smell or color.
Here is a list of possible treatment and conditioning methods for your home water:
Mechanical or sedimentation filtration
Activated carbon filtration
Reverse osmosis or membrane filtration
Water softener or cation exchange