What is pollen?
Trees, weeds, plants, and grasses release small reproductive cells called
pollen, which cause allergic reactions for millions of people. Most pollen are
light enough to be windborne and are found everywhere, both indoors and out.
Some Facts About Pollen
Weeds, grass, and trees all produce a great deal of pollen. The most prolific
producer of pollen is called ragweed. Ragweed is estimated to cause 75% of all
Pollen allergies are also caused by a variety of weeds, some varieties of
grasses like Timothy grass and Bermuda grass, and also some trees.
An estimated 35 million Americans suffer from pollen allergies - or about 1 in
People also commonly refer to pollen allergies as "seasonal allergic rhinitis,"
"hay fever," or "pollinosis."
Common symptoms of pollen allergy include:
-Repeated or prolonged sneezing
-Stuffy and watery nose
-Swelling, itchy eyes
-Itchy nose, throat, and mouth
-Headaches and sore throat
-Difficulty sleeping at night due to trouble breathing
These symptoms can get more severe if experienced year after year, leading to
chronic sinusitis, headaches and ear problems, or asthma.
What can be done to decrease exposure to pollen?
Pollen can be difficult to avoid, since during allergy season, it's everywhere.
Even if it were practical to stay inside all the time, pollen can still find its
way indoors. But, there are a few steps you can take to reduce your exposure to
pollen and relieve your pollen allergy symptoms.
1. Avoid outdoor activities in the morning, between 5 to 10 a.m. It's also good
to avoid being outside on dry and breezy days. The best time to go outside is in
late afternoon or after a heavy rain. Of course, it's best to go outside as
little as possible.
2. After being outdoors, shower and change your clothes, since pollen sticks to
clothing, skin, and hair. It's also a good idea to wash your hair daily, since
pollen collects in your hair and can be transferred to your pillow.
3. Don't forget about your pet! Your pet also transports pollen into your home,
so a frequent bath for your pet will help control pollen inside the house.
4. Use HEPA air purifiers
to remove microscopic pollen particles from the air in the home, especially in
the bedroom. Windborne pollen particles are always coming inside, but a HEPA air
purifier will ensure that your indoor air stays clean. You'll have a safe haven
from pollen allergies, at least inside your home.
5. Close windows and use air-conditioning during pollen season. When windows are
open, use filter
screens to allow fresh filtered air into your home and keep airborne
particles out. Use vent filters to keep any pollen particles from recirculating
inside your home.
6. Wear a high-quality protective mask for outdoor activities. Using a HEPA
mask while doing yard work
can make your outside chores much easier.
7. Vacuum frequently with a
HEPA filtered vacuum
cleaner that removes and permanently traps airborne allergens.
Pollen Allergy Buying Guide
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great selection of products to help you control pollen and alleviate your pollen
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continental United States. Please browse our helpful Pollen Allergy Buying
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1. HEPA air purifiers
Blueair 503 Air Purifier
The Blueair 503 is an excellent air purifier for removing airborne particles
like pollen, as well as other allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and mold,
which can irritate lungs and make pollen allergies worse. Most effective for
areas up to 450 square feet, the Blueair 503 is both quiet and attractive,
making it ideal for a bedroom. Though not a true HEPA filter, it captures 99.97%
of the tiniest 0.1 micron particles, and is recommended especially for allergy
and asthma sufferers.
Healthmate 400 Air Purifier
One of our top selling air purifiers, the Austin Air Healthmate 400 is ideal for
a pollen allergy sufferer looking for a great value. True medical HEPA cloth
removes a wide variety of airborne allergens, including pollen - 99.97%
effective at removing particles down to 0.3 microns. The HM-400 is most
effective for up to 700 square feet.
Plus Air Purifier
The IQAir Healthpro Plus is for those who want the very best in air filtration. The completely sealed
system and HyperHEPA filter exceeds HEPA standards. This air purifier offers excellent
control of indoor allergens, like pet dander, dust mites, mold spores, and
pollen as well as removal of smoke, odors and some chemical vapors. It's packed with all the bells and whistles, making it especially
easy to operate and upkeep. In addition, each
IQAir product is individually
tested and certified, making IQAir one of the most respected manufacturers of
2. Filter screens
The unique patented design the AllergyZone Furnace Filter traps over 90% of
allergens, removing them from the air circulating through your home. Disposable
and highly efficient, they will help reduce dust, pollen, and other allergens,
keeping your home cleaner and reducing your allergy symptoms.
These window filters offer much more protection than a screen. You can enjoy
fresh air all year long, without all the pollen. The filter eliminates 92% of
ragweed pollens. Coated screen also keeps out rain, snow, and wind.
3. HEPA masks
3M HEPA Mask
Don't be afraid to venture outside during the peak of allergy season. This true
HEPA mask will help you do chores inside or out, while still breathing clean and
pollen-free air. The 3M HEPA mask blocks out dust, mold, and pollen, and is
economical and efficient.
3M 8210 Dust and
While not a true HEPA filter, this disposable mask offers some protection
against pollens and airborne allergens. Convenient and highly affordable, the
comfortable 3M Dust and Pollen Mask is an effective and inexpensive solution for
outdoor pollen protection.
4. HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner
Miele Capricorn Vacuum
The folks at Miele pulled out all the stops and brought out all the bells and
whistles when they made the Miele Capricorn. For the allergy sufferer who wants
the absolute best vacuum with every luxury feature imaginable, the Miele
Capricorn captures 99.99% of all household allergens.