Tampa, FL -- Indoor environmental screening of the home or work environment is important for individuals with allergies, chronic sinusitis, rhinitis, emphysema, asthma, atopic dermatitis, immune deficiencies, etc. In keeping with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 1997 recommendations, it is desirable to identify allergen triggers then remove and modify the home or office to reduce the level of ubiquitous (common) allergens. Before one can remove triggers or allergens and/or pollutants effectively, it is essential to understand if they exist and in what quantity.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is commemorating World Asthma Day by bringing awareness to a growing nationwide problem. Asthma has consistently increased over the past decade with more than 4 million additional cases reported, including nearly 1 million additional cases reported in children. One out of every 10 school aged children is affected and approximately 13 million people have reported having an asthma attack in the past year.
Although there is no cure for asthma yet, asthma can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers. EPA is committed to educating all Americans about asthma so that everyone knows what asthma is, how the environment can affect asthma patients and how to manage environmental asthma triggers.
At the corporate offices at Building Health Check questions and concerns are reported daily to our customer service department requesting delineation of their allergies, chronic sinusitis, asthma episodes, coughing etc…and what they can do to better understand their indoor environment. With some conditions being perception problems and some very real concerns the only way to decipher between the two is to understand what triggers may be in the indoor environment where the occupant works and/or lives.
· Indoor contaminants such as dust mites, molds, cockroaches, pet dander, secondhand smoke and some chemicals can trigger asthma attacks.1
· More than 20 million people, including over 6 million children, have asthma, accounting for over 10 million outpatient clinic visits, nearly 2 million emergency department visits and nearly 4,500 deaths annually (2000).2
· Asthma is the most common serious chronic disease of childhood, and the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15. In 2003, an estimated 12.8 million school days were missed due to asthma.3. The estimated cost of treating asthma in those under 18 is $3.2 billion per year. 4
“As a doctor we help our patents by first identifying what their baseline conditions are through exhaustive analysis and then provide effective medical treatments” stated Dr. Larry Hawkins, MD, Family, V.A. & Occupational Medicine and listed as one of America’s Top Family Doctors.
Like many Americans, Dr. Larry Hawkins, MD had his own personal dilemma at home stating “I have practiced medicine for over 35 years helping patients with their ailments, and with my asthmatic symptoms flaring up while in my home” thats when he turned to the professionals at Pure Air Control Services who provided an “exhaustive diagnostic report (similar to my medical reports) that described my homes indoor environment and prescribed what was needed to remove the known allergens.”
“I would highly recommend Pure Air Control Services indoor environmental team for any consumer or business interested in creating a healthy indoor environment” stating Dr. Hawkins.
Dr. Hawkins would agree that identifying the source of his asthma triggers were imperative to helping identity the cure of his home. As a result of identify the indoor air triggers and treating them Dr Hawkins and his family now lives healthier and happier.
Whether perception or reality the only way to ascertain the difference of indoor air quality is to have the home or workplace professionally evaluated either by building scientists or a quantitative, qualitative DIY test kits such as the kits available by Building Health Check at www.indoorairtest.com or call 1-800-422-7873 ext 804 or 404.
Building Health Check sets the industry standard for IAQ DIY kits, testing equipment, and laboratory analysis. For more information on Building Health Check, LLC contact call (800) 422-7873 ext. 404 or 804 or visit http://www.indoorairtest.com
About our Affiliate Laboratory, EDLab
The Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) (established in 1992) at Pure Air Control Services (PACS) is an AIHA accredited environmental lab offering complete and comprehensive indoor environmental microbiology laboratory services. They include: microbiology, aerobiology, chemistry, allergen assays and microscopy designed to meet all your indoor air needs. EDLab supports IAQ investigations by assisting with strategic sampling plan development and supplying media collection equipment while performing a wide range of environmental analyses.
For more information on EDLab at Pure Air Control Services, Inc. please contact Dr. Rajiv Sahay or Alan Wozniak, at (800) 422-7873 x 301 or 802, or visit www.pureaircontrols.com
1 Asthma Prevalence, Health Care Use and Mortality: United States, 2003-05, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/ashtma03-05/asthma03-05.htm
3 Center for Disease Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Healthy Youth! Health Topics: Asthma. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma.
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