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Can Blinds Reduce Symptoms of Hay Fever?

31st May 2019

Hay Fever affects 1 in 5 people in the UK — that’s a whopping 13 million people in the UK alone. Sufferers will typically feel the effects between the months of March and September, when the pollen count is at its highest. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when we are eager to open the windows of our home. This leaves sufferers with a conundrum: either they keep their windows closed, protecting themselves against pollen but having to endure uncomfortably warm temperatures, or they open their windows, inviting in a cool breeze but also leaving them exposed to pollen.

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Now with Louvolite’s innovative Pollergen blinds, stocked and installed by Barton Blinds to customers throughout Doncaster, this conundrum can be solved. In this article we’ll be explaining how the installation of Pollergen blinds can result in a 50% reduction of pollen in your home compared to non-Pollergen blinds, helping to reduce hay fever symptoms in your home throughout the year.

What causes hay fever?

The vast majority of hay fever in the UK is caused by the allergen found in grass pollen. This pollen is extremely lightweight and can easily travel long distances via the air. The volume of airborne pollen is at its highest in the period between March and September. It is common for a high number of grass pollen to enter our bodies during this period.

Contrary to popular belief, grass pollen is actually harmless. However, many people suffer an allergic reaction to the pollen. This is where the body mistakes the otherwise harmless pollen as dangerous, leading to a series of chemicals being flushed around the body in a bid to rid itself of the ‘dangerous’ pollen. It is these chemicals that cause the various hay fever symptoms, such as a runny nose and itchy eyes.

How do Pollergen blinds work?

Unlike other blind fabrics, Pollergen fabric features a tackifier which captures travelling pollen. Once caught, the unique Pollergen formulation will neutralise the pollen, preventing it from reacting with the human body and thereby significantly reducing the resulting symptoms. This is a huge step for in-home pollen sufferers, as it enables them to enjoy open windows without suffering from nasty allergy symptoms — and all as a result of a single purchase and installation.

Which blind styles can I use Pollergen fabric with?

The good news is that you needn’t sacrifice your favourite blind style to take advantage of Pollergen fabric. Pollergen fabric can be partnered with a wide range of blind styles, including vertical blinds, roller blinds, Roman blinds, panel blinds and pleated blinds.

Does it really work?

Independent tests of the Pollergen fabric have been undertaken by the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, trusted by the BBC for their daily pollen count reports. They concluded that the fabric does in fact show up to a 50% reduction in grass pollen allergen in comparison to a non-Pollergen fabric.

At Barton Blinds, we offer a wealth of different blinds styles, fabrics, colours and designs, providing you with thousands of different combinations to choose from. Whichever combination you choose, we’ll provide a free home visit, free fitting and a one year guarantee with every installation. We’ll even offer a completely free quotation before you commit. To learn more about our blinds, give our team a call today.

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