How ventilation systems can help those who suffer from Asthma, Hay fever and Underlying Lung Conditions
What can trigger Asthma and Hay fever?
Asthma is a condition which affects the respiratory system of the human body. When an individual’s asthma is triggered it can cause the trachea to tighten, causing the long pipe to become narrower. It also causes more mucus and phlegm to build up in the pipe making breathing harder for the individual. Asthma attacks are triggered because the individual’s airways are sensitive and inflamed when they breathe in certain substances, such as general dust, tobacco smoke, animal fur, pollen or mould; It causes the attack to happen and makes breathing harder for the individual.
Hay fever is when the body’s immune system classes harmless airborne substances as harmful to the body. To combat this the body’s immune system creates antibodies to get rid of the substance that it deems harmful. So, like when you get an illness that you’ve already had before your immune system sends antibodies in to tackle it. The immune system does the same when you encounter the ‘harmful’ airborne substances again. Hay fever can be triggered by tree pollen, grass pollen, weed pollen and some flower pollen. Where hay fever isn’t prominent throughout the year there are a couple of months where it peaks, like in spring when a majority of the plants start to regrow and there are a lot more people out in their gardens where they are exposed to the different pollens.
Underlying Lung Conditions are common in a great portion of the population and can be placed within the umbrella of COPD including Asthma, Hay Fever, Bronchitis, and Emphysema. Although they may not be of a critical nature they can be caused and agitated by general exposure to fumes, dust and general day to day airborne substances.
How can ventilation help with this?
Ventilation can help by filtering the air that comes into the building. It takes out some of the airborne substances that an individual’s body might deem as harmful. When the substances are taken out of the air it reduces the chance of the individual’s various breathing problems from triggering. The ventilation system in a building helps to control the airflow of the building, it helps to create a better quality of air inside, meaning that the air inside the building is less likely to trigger asthma, hay fever or other bronchial problems.
The ventilation system can introduce moisture into the air, this adjusts the humidity levels inside the building. This can help the building reduce the number of dust mites living inside, these can trigger a person’s asthma and/or hay fever. Dust mites live in unclean and dusty environments, they like to live in places that have a higher humidity – which is an environment that they breed in. With ventilation, it introduces fresh air into the inside environment, lowering the humidity of the inside air, this helps to reduce the amount the dust mites are able to reproduce.
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