Indoor Allergens in Los Angeles Homes Can Cause Severe Allergies and Other Respiratory Conditions
LA Testing provides analytical services and sampling supplies to identify indoor pollutants that can cause or exacerbate respiratory illnesses.
In September, California’s KPPC published a report about South Los Angeles apartments and indoor environmental pollutants that were associated with severe allergic reactions, respiratory illnesses and even asthma in children. The report highlighted several families with children who suffered repeated illnesses that eventually resulted in health professionals visiting their homes.
The homes consisted of low income apartments that suffered from a myriad of unhealthy conditions. The article discusses water damage and mold growth present in many situations. Cockroach infestations were another common problem. The healthcare professionals visiting these homes would first look for indoor environmental triggers for the conditions the children were suffering from and then try to develop a plan to remove those triggers.
“Exposure to elevated levels of mold and cockroaches are common causes of allergies, respiratory problems and can even trigger asthma in children who have the condition,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Dusty conditions, pet allergens and dust mites are also potential culprits. Identifying what allergens and pollutants are in a property is the first step in finding a solution. Affordable testing solutions exist that provide this vital information so that the appropriate corrective actions can be implemented. The end result is a healthier indoor environment that should drastically reduce the frequency and severity of these respiratory illnesses suffered by children and adults living in these properties.”
In California, LA Testing is the leading provider of indoor environmental testing services, sampling supplies, air monitoring equipment and easy-to-use consumer test kits. For access and more information about any of these test kits, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
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, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.
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