How to Use an Air Purifier as a Natural Decongestant
Recently, an FDA advisory panel unanimously agreed that a common over-the-counter decongestant, oral phenylephrine, is not effective. It’s a wake up call to reconsider your options for relief from nasal congestion.
While there are several natural ways to relieve congestion, cleaning your indoor air is a proven safe and effective way to naturally help symptoms.
Using an air purifier as a natural decongestant is as easy as turning on your purifier. Avoid the pressure headaches, sniffling, and sneezing from allergies and sinusitis with the touch of a button.
How an Air Purifier Helps Clear Your Sinuses and Mitigate Allergy Symptoms
Though air purifiers can’t help congestion symptoms outside, they can help create a significantly healthier indoor environment inside. They do this by taking in dirty air, the kind of dirty air that results from common use, pushing that air through a filter, and releasing clean air back into your home.
Airborne particles like pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke are all triggers for allergy and sinusitis symptoms. They’re also commonly found in homes with no air cleaning and only HVAC systems. When you’re already feeling unwell, any air quality issues can make symptoms worse so air cleaning and air quality become even more important to your well being.
An air purifier with high efficiency air filters and a strong motor will filter out common airborne triggers from your home. Activated carbon filters are the best choice if your main concern is smoke, whether the smoke is from cigarettes/vaping, cooking, or wildfires. Filters made of HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) material will remove particles like dust, pet dander, pollen, mold, bacteria, and viruses that are airborne.
Running an air purifier in a room you spend the most time in whether it’s an office or cubicle at work or your living room or home office will help you breathe more easily. Sleeping with an air purifier running is another great way to ensure you’re not breathing in nasty particles that can trigger your allergies or sinusitis and that you’re getting high quality, restorative sleep.
Checking your air purifier’s filter, like the dirty Mod+ filter below, shows exactly what kind of particles are filtered out of your air instead of breathed into your lungs.
It’s as simple as pressing the power button, going about your day, and breathing easy!