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Where does hay fever come from?

Are you starting to suffer more from sneezing, a stuffy nose and itchy eyes? Then the pollen season has arrived again. If you have many of these symptoms, you are probably allergic to pollen of grasses, trees and/or herbs. This reaction is also called "hay fever".

The downside of the nice weather is that there are many more pollen in the air than usual. People who are allergic to these pollen will therefore suffer more from this. To protect yourself against this allergy, you can take various measures. The best known are: taking medication and avoid exposure. Filter & Co can help you to avoid exposure in the house. By using the right filters in your ventilation system, you don't give the pollen a chance to penetrate your house.

What exactly is hay fever?

"Hay fever" is the everyday term used to describe these allergic reactions, but the correct name is allergic rinitis. The symptoms that occur with hay fever (sneezing, runny nose or stuffy nose etc.) are very similar to the symptoms you also have with a cold.

If you get a fierce reaction in contact with certain substances, you can speak of an allergy. The substances in question are called allergens. The most famous allergens are grass and tree pollen, dust mites and types of food from which people can get a reaction.

Allergens in itself are innocent substances, but some people do not respond well to that. This is because their immune system sees these substances as harmful. The result is the bad allergic reactions.

The allergic reactions to the airways arise after breathing pollen, such as grass pollen floating around in the air. We call the allergic reactions that follow "hay fever". In Europe, 1 in 8 people suffer from this.

When is it the period of hay fever?

The period in which hay fever is often the worst depends on the flowering period of the grasses, trees and plants to which you get an allergic reaction. These often bloom between February and September. During that period the chance that you will suffer is greatest. The real peak of the hay fever season is in May and June, when the grasses bloom.

How can you take precautions with our Filter & Co Filters?

How can we help stop the pollen?

The most important thing you can do is avoid allergens. But not coming into contact with pollen from grasses and trees that is spread through the air is of course not possible. However, we can give you some advice to avoid exposure.

  • Find the correct air filters for your ventilation system. We produce filters that remove up to 90% of the pollen and fine dust from the incoming air. These filters also help against fine dust and are recommended for those who live in or near a busy street or industrial area.
  • Replace these air filters on a regular basis. In this way you reduce the chance that pollen penetrate your house. Definitely do this before the start of the pollen season and afterwards.
  • People who are allergic to dust mites benefit from a good ventilation system anyway. It reduces the amount of house dust mites in your home.
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