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People are not born with allergies, but become allergic as a result of contact with allergens

(Source: Health Canada)

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Homes today are built tight; the tighter the better has been the rule of thumb for years. The goal being to seal every hole and leak, keeping the fresh air out. Limited indoor air ventilation forces us to breathe whatever is in our indoor environment. Pollution can gather inside, at times reaching higher concentrations that what we find outside.

What are common sources of indoor air pollutants and allergens?

Common sources of indoor air pollution and allergens can be broken down into 3 main categories:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Chemical pollutants
  • Biological pollutants

These factors can contribute to serious respiratory issues. Children, people with heart & lung disease, and seniors are especially sensitive to air pollution. Indoor allergens that present the most common danger and include:

  • Dog allergies (dander)
  • Cat allergies (dander)
  • Dust mite allergies
  • Cockroach debris
  • Rodent debris (Mice and Rats)

Poor Indoor Air Quality & Allergens – Signs and Symptoms

Physical symptoms commonly associated with poor indoor air quality include:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sinus congestion
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Skin irritation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation

Some individuals may be particularly susceptible to the effects of indoor air contaminants, for instance:

  • People with existing allergies or asthma
  • People with respiratory disease
  • People whose immune systems are suppressed due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, disease, or other causes
  • Contact lens wearers

Asthma sufferers are more susceptible to some pollutants that may trigger an allergic reaction. Children may also be very susceptible to the effects of indoor air contaminants.

What can you do to protect your health in the indoor environment?

Try to keep your home as free of dust as possible and:

  • Regularly replace filters in your air conditioner and heating system
  • Vacuum your carpets weekly, using a vacuum that traps dust mites
  • Wash pillow cases and other bedding in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) each week
  • Consider using a dehumidifier in your home or child’s bedroom

What Indoor Air Quality Testing is available for Indoor Allergens and Dust?

Indoor air quality testing can help detect the causes of allergies by sampling what is in the dust.

  1. Dust Sampling Methods can focus on sampling one or more indoor allergens.
  2. Dust Sampling Methods can also focus on the mold burden in the home. ERMI is a dust sampling method developed by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US to determine the general moldiness in homes. Rather than doing multiple location air sampling, can do a single dust sample to determine the air quality in your home.

If you have – or suspect you have – indoor environmental allergens and dust, Contact for indoor allergy, dust & mite testing services in Toronto

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