For the past couple of months, my husband has been having crazy sneezing attacks. He doesn’t suffer from allergies, but I wasn’t sure what was causing it. However, about 3 weeks ago, I started having the same crazy sneezing and itchy eyes. Unlike my husband, I pay attention to when and where the sneezing started. It seemed to originate in my son’s room.
Of course, I hopped online and tried to find out what could be causing it. The 2 main culprits seem to be mold spores and dust mites. We stopped using the humidifier. We had been using it every night because my son had come to rely on the sound and the light. Neither of us thought that there would be too big of an issue. Every morning, I’d open the window and keep it open until night time. But both mold spores and dust mites love humidity. So we probably caused this problem by using it, especially since we didn’t really experience any symptoms until we were in our son’s room at night. After some major cleaning including his carpets, I thought the symptoms would dissipate, but they didn’t.
In fact, I had used a dehumidifier in his room and I think all it did was push out any extra stuff into the rest of the house. After using the dehumidifier for a couple of days, I started noticing the sneezing attacks starting while hanging out in the living room.
After night after night of sneezing and runny noses, we finally got ourselves an air purifier by Germ Guardian. It arrived around 10 am a couple of days later and got it set up in minutes. By that evening, I noticed that my husband wasn’t sneezing like he normally does.
The next morning, I wasn’t woken up by my husband sneezing and blowing his nose. When I told him I noticed a difference, he said he hadn’t thought about it. Now after 3 days of constant use, I can say without a doubt that the air purifier we got has DEFINITELY helped.
It was kind of a tough decision about which one to get. There are so many different kinds. In the end, I decided on one with a UV light filter since the light actually kills some cold and flu viruses. We’re keeping it in my son’s room. It has also done a WONDERFUL job at keeping the dirty diaper smell away (yes, my son still isn’t potty trained – that will change soon, though).
So if you’re on the fence about whether or not you should get an air purifier, I highly recommend it. If you have allergies or unexplained sneezing (as was our case), it can’t hurt and it can only do good.