Say goodbye to sniffles this well being week – Samsung debunks the common allergy myths
· Dr Glenis Scadding confirms that you CAN outgrow allergies
· The allergy expert shares her tips on how to prevent reactions, from regular vacuuming to sanitising bedding
Many of us have experienced at least one allergy in our lifetime, whether it’s to animal dander, insect bites, dust or pollen. While reactions do tend to pass relatively quickly, they can have a negative impact on our wellbeing when they flare up. Itchiness, runny eyes and sneezing are just some of the unpleasant symptoms associated with allergies.
“At Samsung we are committed to improving the wellbeing of our customers wherever possible,” explains Dan Harvie, the Vice President of Home Appliances at Samsung. “We know that allergies, whether mild or serious, can be deeply unpleasant, which is why we have developed innovative products such as the Samsung AirDresser and Jet™ Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner which include specially designed features to help minimise exposure to allergens and prevent reactions. On world wellbeing week, we wanted to go one step further which is why we have teamed up with renowned allergy expert Dr Glenis Scadding to talk facts about allergies and provide some much-needed clarity around commonly held beliefs.”
Five common allergy myths – DEBUNKED by Dr Glenis Scadding
Allergies are something you are born with
“Interestingly, allergies can be passed down through our genes, so you may be born with the same allergies as your parents. However, this is certainly not always the case. Lots of allergies develop as you grow and are exposed to different allergens. Your immune system then mistakenly interprets them as harmful, causing unpleasant allergic reactions.”
Allergies are for life
“Lots of people think they will suffer from the same allergies throughout their life. Whilst this is often the case; it can also change at any point and without explanation. You can develop a new allergy in adulthood and similarly, you can also outgrow an allergy. The reasons for this are still being researched, but it’s certainly possible.”
The only treatment for allergies is avoidance
“Avoidance is not the only treatment for allergies. Antihistamines and steroids can also really help people to manage symptoms, if prescribed correctly. That said, minimising exposure to allergens is the best way to maintain your wellbeing. Fortunately, if you are prone to reactions caused by pollen, pet hair or dust there are some simple ways to do this, regular vacuuming for example can really help.
The Samsung Jet™ range for example, includes a 5 Layered HEPA Filtration System which has been verified and certified by the British Allergy Foundation (BAF). This cordless vacuum cleaner captures dust particles and allergens that would normally escape back into the air through the exhaust. The accompanying Clean Station is also great for allergy sufferers as it incorporates a highly advanced dust filtration system that stops dust flying everywhere when emptying the vacuum canister.”
Hay fever is impossible to avoid because pollen floats in the air
“Hay fever or pollen allergies are amongst the most difficult to control because the allergen particles are very small and are carried in the air. However, these particles can also get caught on materials such as clothing, furniture and bedding which can exacerbate allergies - so keeping these items clean and sterilised can be advantageous. Fortunately, with the Samsung AirDresser you can simply hang these items inside and the powerful combination of air and steam will remove any dust and germs, refreshing and sanitising clothes simultaneously.”
Hay fever is worse at night
“Hay fever symptoms can feel worse at night, particularly if they are preventing you from drifting off to sleep. But pollen levels are usually at their highest in the early evening and early morning. If you are struggling to sleep, it may help to sanitise your bedding. Popping your duvet cover and pillowcases in the Samsung AirDresser is a quick and easy way to achieve this.”
For more information on the Samsung AirDresser and Samsung Jet cordless stick vacuum cleaner, please visit www.samsung.com/uk.