It’s the height of summer, many South Africans’ favourite season and a time when you should be enjoying the radiance and outdoor activities the season brings – but you feel like you’ve been battered with a winter flu stick.
If this sounds like you – runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose – you may be one of the many people who suffers from seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever. This is a type of inflammation in the nose caused by the immune system overreacting to allergens in the air. Although pollen is the primary culprit, other common airborne irritants like pet dander, smoke and dust exacerbate the condition.
According to the Allergy Society of South Africa, up to 20% of South Africans suffer from allergic reactions, with hay fever being rife – especially during change of season. And, although this often overlooked ailment does not come with the same level of notoriety that winter conditions like flu do, it can be just as debilitating.
And it is not only during waking hours that hay fever affects health and performance. According to research, two-thirds of hay fever sufferers continue to experience symptoms while trying to sleep. “[These people] are losing an average of more than an hour of sleep a night as they struggle with streaming noses and itchy eyes,” writes the UK’s Daily Mail.
“An estimated 80 per cent of people with asthma are at increased risk of having an attack because they also suffer from hay fever.”
Now for the good news
But don’t cancel your summer plans just yet – the good news is, there are sure-fire means of managing and mitigating hay fever symptoms considerably. pbOffice, a division of PBSA, offers you one of the most safe and effective of these with its German-made indoor air purification systems by IDEAL.
Studies have shown that people spend around 90% of their time indoors – a figure that is rising, not abating – and indoor air can be up to 100 times dirtier than the air outside. Unlike the outdoors, airborne irritants and bacteria are largely trapped, churning constantly in the indoor air that we spend so much time breathing in.
A good quality air purifier in your home and office environment can trap up to 100% of these summer spoilers, including germs, dust, pet dander, smoke, pollen, mould spores, odours and vapours and various allergens.
Award-winning online information source HowStuffWorks, confirms air purifiers – in particular those that have met the strict regulations and attained HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) certification – can help with allergies.
“No matter how much you clean your home, you cannot rid the air completely of allergens and other airborne irritants. Air purifiers are devices that are designed to clean the air in your house and improve the quality of air you and your family breathe.”
pbOffice’s range of top-quality air purifiers feature all the vital mechanisms that are needed to turn contaminated, harmful indoor air into clean, allergen-free air – including HEPA filters and intelligent air quality sensors.
Our devices work on a multi-stage air purification system, which filters almost 100% of the smallest particles and pathogenic germs from the polluted air before they reach your airway.
Investing in an air purifier for your home and office will allow you to breathe and sleep better, by turning your indoor environment into a safe, clean haven away from the wave of airborne irritants that vex you on a daily basis.
For more information, visit our Air Purifiers web page or call 010 300 4893.