Does aircondition causes allergies?

July 13, 2011 9:38pm CST
I have this condition that I always wanted to have a deep breath. So every time I'm with friends and family they always noticed that I have a hard time breathing. They advice me to consult a doctor . I also noticed that if I'll do a cardiology exercise my breathing is normal. Then someone told me that maybe I am allergic to air condition because he also have the same condition. So I observe myself every time I am exposed to air condition and Yes I am having a shortness of breath that I wanted always a deep breath it is weird..Is there a study about this ?
5 responses
• Canada
30 Jul 11
that is an interesting question that I have never thought about before. Possibly the air-conditioning has some type of chemical I believe called Freon that is the coolant in the machine and it may be the cause of your difficulty. Generally air conditioning filters out bad air quality that we get in the summer time from air pollution so most people find it a great benefit.
• Philippines
18 Jul 11
you can be allergy to dust,in which in any case,the air condition unit isn't that clean.i think you should go to your doctor first before you take some action because this might be a symptom of any other disease.but aside from shortness of breath,do you feel other things?
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
14 Jul 11
The best would be to go to the doctor to see exactly what causes the shortness of breath. There are a lot of people who do not react well to air conditioners, be it the moulds that grow in it (it is a dark wet place ideal for it) or the dust that accumulates it it, that is why it is so important to continuously monitor and clean air conditioners. There is something called sick building syndrome which is related to not only air conditioners but also building materials and lack of airflow among others which makes the building itself to make people feel uncomfortable, causing problems in breathing and eye and throat irritations. There are various studies dealing with various moulds, bacteria's and viruses that live in air conditioners, but most are just irritant and not necessarily dangerous. The drastic changes in temperature for instance in summer as certain places keep the temperature very low can make certain people uncomfortable as they get colds more often. The best is to go to the doctor first and find out what the problem is first, then try and work around it. Good luck.
@dlpierce (489)
• United States
14 Jul 11
My sister-in-law got very sick from being in air conditioning so much. It can be about as bad as being out in the winter cold.
@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
14 Jul 11
if the air conditioner isn't clean, and maybe has some mold growing in it, yes it could be bothering your breathing - but I rather doubt that the a.c. could do it on its own... Air conditioning is a great place to collect dust (part of its very nature to do so) and because it cools the air, humidity is taken out of the warm air, making it also a good place to grow molds. So, if it is YOUR a.c. then get it checked and cleaned, if it is friends or family's a.c. ask if you can have it checked - if it is a business' a.c. ask the management to get their equipment checked.