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Are you coughing or sneezing, or suffering from nasal congestion; itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; itchy    throat; stomachache; itchy skin; hives; or fatigue at home? There could be allergens present in your home.

 

What is an allergen?

 

An allergen is any substance that causes your immune system to produce an allergic reaction. Allergic  reactions can be caused by substances in your environment such as pollen (Ragweed), pet dander (Cat and Dog) and dust mites. Common symptoms associated with allergic reactions include: sneezing, wheezing, difficulty breathing (asthma), runny nose, red eyes, coughing, itchy skin, ears, lips, and sinus pain. Central Missouri Building Inspections can provides an easy, and doctor recommended method to detect allergens that may be in your home, school or office.

 

Why should you test for for allergens?

 

Approximately 55% of the US population tests positive to one or more allergen and over 50% of all homes in the US have detectable levels of six or more allergens.  Exposure to allergens may contribute to the development or aggravation of asthma and other allergic diseases.  Environmental testing for indoor allergens is the best way to determine if levels are high enough to be considered a health risk.

 

Allergens may cause asthma!

 

According to the EPA, asthma is one of the most common serious long-term diseases of children and adults. In order to manage asthma and allergies, doctors recommend that you have an Asthma and Allergy Action Plan. Part of that plan is to test your home, school or office for allergens that trigger asthma. Central Missouri Building Inspections will test your home for the allergens that can cause asthma and allergies because our test will detect pollen (Ragweed), pet dander (Cat and Dog) and dust mites. “Allergy Season” never ends for many Americans because indoor environments actually trap and concentrate allergens where they can pose a serious risk to your respiratory health.

 

Having the allergic reaction is a risk factor for asthma in the same way that high levels of cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease and smoking increases the risk of getting lung cancer. The risks of developing asthma if you are exposed to indoor allergens are comparable to these well known risk factors for other diseases. Therefore, it is important to try to reduce allergen levels in the home. First, to prevent people becoming allergic and, second, to reduce the symptoms of people who are already sensitive to the allergen. If you, or a member of your family, is known to be allergic to indoor allergens and has symptoms of wheezing, asthma, rhinitis or eczema, testing your home for allergens is useful to check if you have significant exposure. This is also a good idea if you have reason to believe that your symptoms are allergy-related e.g. if you regularly sneeze or have shortness of breath in the presence of cats.  Once your home has been tested, you can visit your allergist or physician to discuss treatment options.

 

 

     

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