Exposure to allergens can worsen the symptoms of people who suffer from allergies. In many cases the more allergens there are in an environment the worse it gets for the sufferer, so for some people reducing the amount of allergen can help. The success of this approach does depend on which allergen a person is allergic to (you can get tested by your doctor to check this) but if you find that your allergy is to indoor allergens such as dust mite, per dander it can be worth trying to reduce your exposure to those allergens. Likewise if your allergy is to pollen or other allergen usually found outside the home then there is some point to trying to filter incoming air.
This may not work for you - take medical advice first before spending lots of money on 'anti-allergy' devices. However if you find that there may be some point in trying to reduce your exposure to allergens in the home you will find a variety of products designed to do this on the Allergy UK website.
The Asthma charity Allergy UK provides a wide range of services to people suffering from allergies, including supervising a range of retail products that have been properly tested and assessed for efficiency at reducing our exposure to a range of allergens in the home.
For those sensitive to fungi we would point out in particular the pillow & matress covers and HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners but there are many more.
The Allergy UK Seal of Approval
Our main endorsement is the 'Seal of Approval'. When you see a product with this logo on it, you have the reassurance the product has been scientifically tested to prove it is efficient at reducing/removing allergens from the environment of allergy and asthma sufferers or the products have significantly reduced allergen/chemical content.
The testing is carried out by an independant laboratory to protocols which have been created for the Seal of Approval by leading allergy specialists, specifically to benefit the sufferers of allergy, asthma, sensitivity and intolerance. The type of products that currently hold the Seal of Approval Award include:
- Air Purifiers
- Bed Cleaners
- Beds & Mattresses
- Carpet Cleaners
- Cleaning Products
- Floorings / Coverings
- Infant Care
- Laundry Appliances
- Paint & Varnishes
- Personal Care
- Steam Appliances
- Vacuum Cleaners
There is also a wealth of information on reducing your contact with moulds in your home on this website for the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. It is a website designed for US readers but there is a lot there for everyone to learn from.