Research from home appliance brand Hotpoint has identified an increasing trend of people suffering with allergies, with hay fever, skin allergies and rashes the most common problems faced. Experts have seen numbers of allergy sufferers soar in the last two decades, with an annual rise of approximately 5%, the research adds.
GP and TV presenter Dr Pixie McKenna encourages early diagnosis and correct management of the allergy: “When we think about allergies, we often think of the great outdoors and this is undoubtedly where the majority of contact with potential triggers occurs. However, it’s important to consider the impact of indoor allergens like dust mite, pet hair and pollen particles that can find their way indoors.
“Thankfully, gone are the days when we had to rely solely on elbow grease to tackle allergens in the home; now there are some fantastic products on the market including Hotpoint’s vacuum cleaners, steam mops, washing machines and tumble dryers which carry the UK Allergy seal of approval.”
Allergens can find their way into the home from outdoors and Brits are making basic mistakes that are increasing their chances of suffering from allergies, Hotpoint believes. Spending a day outdoors causes pollens and other allergens to stick to clothing, so experts suggest putting all clothes into the washing machine as soon as possible to avoid bedding down with pollen. There is no quick fix when it comes to allergies, but a proactive approach to managing an allergy is the best solution, Hotpoint adds.
Hotpoint brand communications director Ian Moverley added: “With allergies on the rise, it’s important for brands to provide consumers with options to help control their symptoms. Hotpoint has introduced a range of innovative allergy-combatting products that use a variety of technologies to help consumers tackle allergens in the home. The HEPA 13 washable filter in both the Pet Clean and Anti-Allergy vacuums ensures 99.95% dust retention while the longer periods of steam added to the Ultima S Line washing machine allows for a deeper clean. With products like these, consumers can manage their symptoms and hopefully be less impacted by their allergies this summer.”