Celebrity dermatologist Hayden Kho has invested quite a tidy sum in state-of-the-art air purifiers to disinfect and clean the air they breathe at home.
For Doc Hayden, it was a necessary investment because his unica hija, Scarlet Snow, has asthma and allergic rhinitis.
He said, "We had that machine in the room for three days, and on the third day, wala na siyang symptoms. And me, too, hindi parang gusto mo lagi magsinga ng sipon."
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) learned more about the importance of having an air purifier at home from Doc Hayden during the Air Intellipure's press launch on Wednesday, October 23, at the Manila House Private Club in Bonifacio Global City.
Doc Hayden told PEP.ph, "Kasi si Scarlet, my beloved, has allergic rhinitis just like me. Parehas kami, every morning.
"'Tapos may asthma siya, lagi siyang nagkaka-attack ng asthma. So Scarlet sleeps with us in the bed. Until now, natutulog pa siya sa amin paminsan.
"I thought before na asthma is inborn. Ngayon, as early as two years old, three years old, nagkakaroon na sila ng acquired asthma.
"This was ten years ago, hindi ko alam ito. Apparently, bago ata yun."
Doc Hayden bought 20 units of the brand's Ultrafine 468 for their home and for their closest friends.
Each unit is priced at PHP89,000, according to the brand's website.
He said, "This Intellipure filter is unique that it's the most powerful filter in the world. It's 40 times stronger than HEPA filter.
"The HEPA filter means a high-efficiency particulate air filter. That's the kind of filter we use in laboratories.
"Before I went into med school, I was studying medical technology... In the laboratories, when we culture bacteria, kailangan sobrang sterile yung buong place.
"Laboratories use HEPA filters. Now this one is stronger than HEPA."
WHY YOU NEED TO IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Indoor spaces like malls and homes are often filled with ultrafine particles and microorganisms because they lack proper exhaust systems.
In turn, these pollutants may cause health problems such as "reproductive health issues, immunologic disorders, and even cancer."
Doc Hayden expounded, "Pag indoors kasi na space, maraming pumapasok na polluted air from outside and there's no exhaust.
"Unlike sa park or open space, 'di ba? Yes, you have pollution from the smoke, from the cars, and all that.
"But at least may exhaust yan, pag malakas ang wind... Pero pag indoor, wala kang exhaust talaga, e."
The 39-year-old celebrity dad added, "You only eat three times a day, but you breathe air twenty times per minute.
"Now, food can cause allergies and sensitivities but air can also do that.
"In fact, ngayon mas nakikita natin, mas prevalent nga air yung nagco-cause ng multitude of diseases."
Dr. Lou Ver Leigh Manzon-Reyes—an allergologist and pediatrician—seconded Doc Hayden's statement.
She said, "The tendency of our lungs, it becomes hypersensitive.
"Normally, we can tolerate a certain amount of allergens, a certain amount of microorganisms.
"But with all the pollution that we have, we become hypersensitive. Later on, kahit na may medicines, the genes change in response to environmental factors."
To make sure that your body only consumes clean air, Dr. Lou recommends Filipino families should invest in air purifiers.
"With all the microorganisms that we have and it's very invisible, kahit anong alcohol mo or kahit anong ligo mo.
"This one can actually purify the air you breathe at home, e, you spend more of your time at home, e, and you bond with your kids at home.
"So at least when you sleep, you have good sleep, you disinfect your air, less infections, less allergies."
AIR PURIFIER VERSUS HUMIDIFIERS AND ESSENTIAL OILS
Dr. Lou said humidifiers are not really necessary in the Philippines because of its climate and, in fact, may cause dust mites to multiply.
Dust mites are microscopic, insect-like pests that trigger allergies and asthma.
The pediatrician explained, "Dust mites thrive in humid air so if you use humidifiers, you're making a more humid environment and it actually works lang kapag winter.
"We don't have winter naman here. Between humidifiers and anti-humidifiers, mas maganda yung anti-humidifier.
"Kasi there's a certain level, dapat 50 percent lang yung humidity in the air para ma-lessen yung dust mites."
Dr. Lou said an essential oil diffuser may also cause asthma, "For some it can work, but it can cause as a chemical irritant kasi.
"Case to case. It will work for some, maganda yung amoy and everything.
"But then, for some, chemical irritants can cause asthma attacks also. So always have it checked with your kids muna."