(Last Updated On: May 14, 2021)

Asthma Triggers and How Air Purifiers Reduce Them

For people who suffer from asthma, the air indoors may be the culprit of their asthmatic attacks. Indoor air is proven to carry more contaminants and be more toxic to breathe than most outdoor air. It contains many types of dust, chemicals, and pollen that can be removed by air purifiers.

Since most people spend about 90% of their time indoors, having clean and breathable indoors is important, especially for someone suffering from asthma. Homes are well-insulated in order to seal out elements, such as cold air and rain. Similarly, with an airtight seal, contaminated indoor air will simply circulate and never get cleaned. For asthma sufferers, air purifiers are a must-have in order to clean out the toxins that trigger their asthmatic attacks.

An average person absorbs 3,400 gallons of air every day. When the air contains irritants and toxins, the amount of contaminants swallowed daily by one person is staggering. Indoor air contains pollutants, such as chemical vapors and fumes, pollen, dust, and pet dander. By breathing in any one of these indoor air pollutants, an asthmatic is vulnerable to an attack. The toxins can irritate a person’s lungs, and if the person suffers from asthma, shortness of breath and wheezing are likely to follow. The dust, pollen or chemical vapors that are breathed in also settle into lung passageways. As a result, one may not feel the effects of the asthma attack right away; rather, an attack could occur later from the indoor air toxins that have settled into one’s lungs.

There are many different indoor air pollution factors that can trigger an asthmatic attack. Once the contaminants causing the asthma attacks are identified, an asthma sufferer can then decide the best way to eliminate the asthma triggers from his or her daily life. One of the best ways to eliminate airborne triggers is by using an air purifier to filter out the contaminants.

Asthmatics should avoid ozone air purifiers. Most air purifiers use High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, in order to weed out toxins in the air. HEPA filters are proven to eliminate allergens in the air that can trigger asthma attacks, such as mold spores and dust mites. The filters found in most air purifiers can absorb 99.7% of all contaminants in the air that are 0.03 microns in size or larger. The particles that are 0.03 microns and larger include most of the toxins that can trigger an asthma attack.

Mold spores and bacteria in indoor air are one of the leading triggers for asthma attacks. Once mold or bacteria enters the lungs, it is probable that an asthmatic will experience an attack due to these toxins irritating the lungs and breathing passageways. If mold and bacteria are not completely eliminated from the air, they have the ability to grow back and circulate the air again. Mold and bacteria can generally grow anywhere, but most are attracted to damp conditions. The only way to completely extinguish mold and bacteria from the air is through the use of air purifiers. Air purifiers are able to absorb mold spores and bacteria and stop their circulation. When neither are present in the air, asthma sufferers are able to breathe easier, without the worry of an asthma attack potentially being brought on from inhaling mold spores.

Asthmatics can experience an attack at any given time. There are usually a series of asthma triggers that can set off an attack and most of these triggers can be found in indoor air. Indoor air can be cleaned of these triggers and safer for an asthma sufferer to breathe if air purifiers are used. Clean indoor air is the first step to reduce the number of asthma attacks.