Air Purifier Recommendation In the Car

Hello Everyone,

It has been very hot in CA.  I want to get portable mini air purifier for my son in the car. Can anyone recommend one for me? 

Thank you!


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  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Blueshell!

    Off hand, I can't think of a portable air purifier, but I'll do some digging. In the meantime, there may be one on the … these products are tested and reviewed and only certified if they meet strict lab criteria and really DO help reduce triggers for asthma and allergy.

  • Blueshell

    Hi K8SMOM2002,

    Thank you for the information.  I will check it out. Hopefully I will find the air purifier that I needed.  

    Again, thank you for your help.




  • K8sMom2002

    I'll do some Google-Diving today and see if I can't find something for you … how old is your son? 

  • GS

    has car exhaust and other fumes worsened symptoms?

    is there some sensor out there for this? should i ask the doctor about this? how much should i pay for a sensor? where could i find such a device?

  • K8sMom2002

    Don't give up on me, Blueshell — I found a link, but I'm still looking to see what they have. Hopefully I can share it later today.

    and GS! Do you have issues with asthma flares when you're driving/riding?

    I only have issues if the car is really hot and the pollen count is super high. On days like that, if I can, I get someone to start the car and let the AC cool it off first. I learned that trick when my mom was battling COPD and couldn't stand a hot car.

  • Kathy P

    I have issues in old cars. Especially if they are musty/moldy. Or just the old dusty upholstery. I used to practically hang my face out the window in my dh's old car. Pollen up my nose at 60 mph was preferable! And any air coming out if the vents would have me choking and gasping. I'm assuming from pollens and molds in there.

  • K8sMom2002

    Blueshell, — it is NOT Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly, but some companies have not yet elected to have their products tested for certification. There are not any car air purifiers listed in the Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly site, as far as I can tell. 

    I believe it is available on Amazon. On there, it's about $140. But if it helps your son, it may be a small price to pay.

  • Kathy P

    Blueshell – I just came across this  and thought of you!

    Have you found anything yet?

  • glyncor

    Have you tried wearing a mask.  When there are scents that affect me, I put on a disposable mask that I keep with me for just such times (covers nose and mouth).  Sometimes we are following behind a smelly vehicle and I start having asthma issues.  When sitting in a crowd and someone with perfume sits near me, I either have to move away or put on the mask.  I am not sure why the mask helps, but it does.  Scents are one of my triggers.

  • K8sMom2002

    Glyncor, scents are a trigger for me, too. I do so hate going down the cleaning supplies aisle in the supermarket!

    How do people react to you wearing a mask?

  • glyncor

    When I have to put on my mask, I usually just say the word "Allergies" and let that be that.  In church everyone knows why I put it on when I need to.  The congregation  were all praying for me when I went through the worst of it all before diagnoses.  In choir we sometimes get a new member who doesn't know about the no-perfume rule, so I put the mask on and ask the choir director to remind about the rule.  So, I really don't worry about what others think, just do what needs to be done.  There is one person in church that wears strong perfume, so I make sure I sit on the opposite side of the room.

  • Jen

    Hi glyncor,

    Welcome to AAFA.  Once people learn about your no perfume rule, are they usually receptive and cooperative?

  • glyncor

    No problems with most responses, so far.  Most people are aware that allergy/asthma suffers can't control their own reactions to the environment and must do what is necessary to protect themselves.  It is our fault if we react to something in a location that we could have avoided.  I try to stay out of those places.  I am very happy that working conditions, restaurants, etc., have made it easier for us to move and work in most areas.  I remember working in a bank in the 1980's where everyone in my unit worked at desks close together – about 30 years before I developed asthma.  There were 2 smokers who would let their cigarettes sit and smolder in ash trays on their desks.  Several of us did a lot of research at the microfiche machines that had fans running to keep them cool.  Unfortunately those fans brought the smoke directly to the microfiche location and the person sitting there would suffer greatly.  We finally rebelled, with the result that management made a rule of no smoking at our desks.  What a relief that was, but the 2 smokers couldn't understand it.  They couldn't see how it was a bad thing because they just loved the smell of their cigarettes.

    I think smokers really don't understand what it does to allergy/asthma sufferers.  In the past when I've talked to smokers (before I was diagnosed) I found that they can't understand that they smell differently than others.  Because they live in a smoke-filled environment, they don't/can't tell the difference.  Smoking destroys senses, so I understand this, and feel very sorry that they don't know how badly they smell, and that they have such a hard habit to break. Smoking permeates the clothing, hair, skin, etc., so that they can't escape from the smell that is part of their very lives. 

    I try to stay out of any location that would have smoking.  However, if a smoker comes into my area after I am seated, I do need to move. It will take my breath away faster than anything else.  I have to hold my breath until I can escape or get a mask on, and sometimes the mask won't help much if I have to stay in place.  It simply prevents me from breathing at all, so I really need to move fast to protect myself.

    Sorry to get on this train, but the question was about responses from others.  So far it is the smokers that don't understand, so it is really up to me to remove myself from the situation.

  • Kathy P

    I remember at my first job, the draftsman smoked in the office. Since we had sort of an open loft that was the lab and we were all in there together, we managed to get smoking banned on the upper level. The old battle-ax secretary downstairs smoked like a chimney and she was NOT gonna let them ban it down there – LOL!

    Car exhaust from older cars is a huge trigger for me. I was never so happy as when my dd's old car finally called it quits! Both my ds and I had a hard time even riding in it. Couple the exhaust w/ old, dusty, musty upholstery and yikes!

  • K8sMom2002

    Glyncor, I'm so glad your church was willing to help you with this! And smokers are folks that I skirt waaaaay around whenever I even pass them in a parking lot. 

    A co-worker at my former job smoked like a chimney, and sometimes I would react just to her "scent" when she came back in from a smoke break. 

  • Jen

    One of dd 1's friends lives in a house with 5 adult smokers.  I have been in there once and won't go back in. While it doesn't trigger asthma for me, the smell is nauseating.  The poor girls smells like it just bc it sticks to her clothing, hair etc.  When dd comes home from her house, we have her shower asap.