Some California Residents Impacted by Fall Allergies May Also Have Indoor Allergens
Cooler fall temperatures have arrived in much of California and, with the change in season, many residents are spending more time outdoors. Unfortunately, some have experienced an increase in allergy symptoms and those who suffer from allergies know that fall is ragweed season.
This time of year causes allergy symptoms for millions of people who are allergic to ragweed pollen. In fact, ragweed is considered to be the most significant allergy trigger in fall, although there are other plants that also release pollen during this time of year. Depending on where a person lives, ragweed pollen could be present in high concentrations from August through November.
Another common allergen this time of year is due to elevated mold spore counts in the air. Mounds of damp leaves or other organic material make for an ideal place for mold to grow and release their spores.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.” These allergens can be a concern for people spending time outdoors and even those indoors as they can enter homes and buildings through open doors and windows, on people’s clothes and through air intakes in HVAC systems. These same airborne allergens could even trigger an asthma attack in people who suffer from the condition.
“Allergy sufferers should take steps to limit the ability of outdoor allergens to enter their homes, schools and work environments,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility, California’s leading air testing laboratory. “They should also consider the possibility that they may have an indoor air quality issue that could be related to the growth of mold or the presence of other allergens within the property. In addition to mold, dust mites, pet dander, latex, insect and rodent allergens are commonly found indoors. At LA Testing, we offer analytical services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify these allergens. Test results allow people to take corrective actions to minimize their exposure or to eliminate the source of the allergen from their indoor environment.”
LA Testing has sponsored a video about fall allergies and both indoor and outdoor allergens people may be exposed to this time of year that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/1EAkzB6jU_E.
To learn more about environmental allergen testing services or other indoor air quality, occupational, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. To view the complete line of consumer test kits, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
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