Mitzi Ilagan | ExecutiveChronicles.com
People might think that rain washes away the dry pollutants inside and outside of our homes, but now, you should think again. Though rain does wash away pollen and prevents it from spreading in the air, there’s still something left.
According to Warner Carr, MD, an allergist and fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, these pollens break into tinier particles which spreads faster, and which might worsen your allergies.
Also known as “thunderclap asthma,” a person inhales smaller pollen particles when the rain stops. An allergic reaction in the lungs would be triggered, even when you do not have asthma. One may feel difficulty in breathing, wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Also, mold allergic reaction could be triggered when it is raining as mold spores increase.
Whether you have allergies or you don’t, you could be affected by dust and pollens. The air outside could look bad, but the air you breathe inside your home could be a lot worse than what you see.
With all these said, one should really be aware of his surroundings, whether you’re inside or outside of your house. If you’re outside, make sure that you equip yourself with a handkerchief or face mask to lessen the chances of pollens entering your body. When you get home, change your clothes and take a shower to wash off the pollens stuck in your skin or hair. When you are inside and it is raining, keep your windows shut. You also have to keep your home clean through regular housekeeping. Sweeping won’t do the magic–especially if you have allergies, proper cleaning must be done because it would only make the dust float in the air, making you more susceptible to inhaling it.
Therefore, after sweeping and wiping table tops, vacuuming is a must. But an ordinary vacuum is not highly recommended–the one with a HEPA filter must be used, alternatively. A vacuum without a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter would gather dust and may only spit it out in the air afterwards. A vacuum with a HEPA filter would be able to gather a large amount of dust. The Rainbow Cleaning System has a feature like that, with its unique water filtration system which captures dirt in its HEPA Neutralizer Filtration System. With that, there’s no way that dust could be inhaled anymore, only water-washed air.
This rainy season, one would never be prepared with meds and a box of tissue. Pollen and dust couldn’t be controlled, but at the least, you should be prepared starting from your own home.