Airborne allergens can trigger environmental allergies, asthma attacks, and aggravate COPD as well as a variety of other lung diseases. Indoors, you can keep your home free of allergens and airborne particulates with environmental control products like air purifiers and HEPA vacuum cleaners. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also has advice on indoor air quality.
Outdoors, it’s impossible to clean up all of the allergens, pollutants, and potential triggers. Luckily, you can avoid exposure to these irritating outdoor particles with a well-fitting allergy mask or supplemental oxygen. For more than just outdoor use, supplemental oxygen, filter masks and respirators also help you avoid indoor chemical fumes, particles, and dust (especially when cleaning). Most patients wear N95-rated masks, or better, for protection against the flu and other viruses or pathogens. Still others with more severe symptoms use supplemental oxygen. It can be difficult to find the right mask to meet your personal filtration needs. This is where you should consult your healthcare professional for recommendations.
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To see real-time air quality readings, visit the Air Quality page.