Nature surrounds us with pollen and dust

WHAT DID YOU BREATHE IN TODAY? 


We have always appreciated going outside to breathe clean air, especially in the last year. But is the air we breathe in really that clean? Various allergies affect our breathing and lungs.¹

The main widespread culprits for allergies are pollen and dust. And while dust lurks from everywhere—especially from the comfort of our homes—pollen allergy debunks the popularly held belief of their seasonal nature.¹ 

What’s the deal with pollen?

Pollen not only gets in your nose and makes you sneeze (sometimes, annoyingly, a couple of times in a row), but it can create a sensation similar to being ill.¹ This way, you may find it difficult to differentiate the symptoms between a common cold, and pollen allergy.

The other misguided belief is that pollen allergy only occurs in Spring, although many people suffer from allergies and nasal symptoms throughout the year.¹

How many types of pollen are there?

Many people react to the pollen of more than one flowering plant species and suffer from symptoms not only in the spring but also in the summer or virtually all year round.¹

Three types of plants are the most widespread allergy-triggering pollen producers: 

  1. Grass allergy – the most common cause of allergies¹ ²
  2. Tree pollen allergy¹
  3. Weed allergy¹

Insect-pollinated plants produce less pollen than wind-pollinated plants, which need to release higher amounts of pollen to ensure pollination.¹

Not surprisingly, if it’s a windy day with a high pollen count, your hayfever will worsen because the pollen blows around. Rain sends the pollen to the ground and clears the air, which can give you some relief, although storms can aggravate hayfever symptoms.¹ 

Another one breathes in the dust

Dust is one of many forms of particulate matter. Particulate matter can come from natural sources such as pollen, sea spray, desert dust, and human-made sources like fire smoke, industrial emissions, and dust from tires and brakes.³

Our homes are regarded as havens away from air impurities, but for people with dust allergies this is not the case, as their home can be the source of their allergy. 

It gets even worse when they start vacuuming or dusting. That’s when the particles awaken and scatter all over the home, and inhaling them is unavoidable.

Mites are one of the major indoor triggers for people with allergies and asthma. ⁴

Dealing with pollen and dust effectively

The nose is the first line of defense against pollen and dust. Our nostrils are lined with many hairs, which help prevent potentially harmful substances from entering the nasal passages and delicate lung tissue.⁵

Many potential impurities create a deeper issue with allergies. The good news is that a saline nasal solution like Otrivin Breathe Clean Daily Nasal Cleanser can help wash away trapped allergens and air pollutants.²

BREATHE CLEAN EVERYDAY

Clean, moisturise & soothe your nose

 

European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation. Pollen Allergy. Available from: https://www.ecarf.org/en/information-portal/allergies-overview/pollen-allergy/

2 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Pollen Allergy. Available from: https://www.aafa.org/pollen-allergy/

3 UK Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Clean Air Strategy 2019. Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/770715/clean-air-strategy-2019.pdf

https://www.lung.org/clean-air/at-home/indoor-air-pollutants/dust-mites

Jones N. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2001;51:5–19

1 European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation. Pollen Allergy. Available from: https://www.ecarf.org/en/information-portal/allergies-overview/pollen-allergy/

2 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Pollen Allergy. Available from: https://www.aafa.org/pollen-allergy/

3 UK Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Clean Air Strategy 2019. Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/770715/clean-air-strategy-2019.pdf

4 https://www.lung.org/clean-air/at-home/indoor-air-pollutants/dust-mites

5 Jones N. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2001;51:5–19

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