Garden Grove, CA, June 22nd, 2015
Millions of California residents suffer from allergies and many are sensitive to common allergens found in their own home, school or place of business. Many of these allergens can become airborne and cause respiratory issues, itchy eyes and noses, and a wide range of other conditions. Some of these same allergens can also trigger an asthma attack in asthmatics who are sensitive to exposure to these substances.
These airborne allergens and potential asthma triggers eventually settle and can often be found in house dust. Dust will frequently contain a number of different indoor allergens and knowing what is present indoors can help those suffering manage their condition. House dust often includes the following:
- Dust Mites - These tiny bugs feed on human skin flakes and are found in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, and fabric and fabric-covered items. They are one of the most common causes of allergies from house dust.
- Cockroaches – These insects and their droppings can trigger allergies and even asthma attacks.
- Pollen - This allergen can aggravate allergic rhinitis and several respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Pet Dander - Allergies to pets are common and both furry pets and pets with feathers can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Pet allergens can be found in pet urine, saliva and dander.
- Mold - Fungi produce tiny spores to reproduce that can be found in both indoor and outdoor air. When spores land on a damp area indoors, they may begin to grow and release additional spores. Mold spores and fragments can cause allergies, trigger asthma attacks, and in some cases lead to infections in individuals with a weakened immune system.
- Latex – Materials that contain latex, such as some types of rubber gloves, can expose building occupants to this frequent cause of allergies.
“For people who suffer from allergies or asthma, knowing what allergens and irritants they are breathing can be instrumental in minimizing exposure risks,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “At LA Testing, we offer analytical services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify these, and other indoor allergens, respiratory irritants and airborne pollutants.”
LA Testing has sponsored an educational video about house dust allergens and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/EEmimsah2Zg.
To learn more about environmental allergen testing or other indoor air quality, occupational, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other substances. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.