Context for Question: I am 54 and have asthma and my symptoms only appear in winter. I live in a cold climate and need to keep windows closed during the winter. I have been diagnosed as having an allergy to dogs, but I do have a dog. I love the dog dearly and would not consider parting with her. I am also allergic to dust mites, but I take reasonable measure to redress this.
Question: How effective are air purifiers in reducing asthma symptoms? Based on other reading, I suspect the correct answer is of this general character: "While air purifiers can play a positive role in the treatment of asthma, it is very possible that use of an air purifier alone will not substantially reduce symptoms". Well, I am willing to take the chance - if there is a "reasonable" chance that an air purifier will contribute to the reduction of symptoms, I am willing to spend the money. I would appreciate any advice re the best "type" (technology) of purifier to get. I would imagine that, in general, "you get what you pay for" and that a cheap purifier is not likely to help. While I certainly appreciate any anecdotal evidence, I am particularly interested in more "scientific" evidence re the effectiveness of these devices.
An interesting question. Most air purifiers will remove large particulate matter. It requires a HEPA filter to remove the really small stuff. But asthma may be triggered by odors and fumes from substances that are volatized in the air. Only an activated charcoal filter can absorb such fumes...and not all of them.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.