Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa Allergen Testing Experts!
Asthma, allergies and upper respiratory issues affect so many of us today. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies.
What Is An Allergen?
Allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases. We call it a chronic disease because it often lasts a long time or occurs frequently. An allergic reaction occurs when our body’s immune system sees something that it believes to be harmful and overreacts to it. There are many things in our environment that may cause us to experience an allergic reaction. These are known as allergens.
There are many different types of allergens.
People may be allergic to food or drugs and even insects like bees or wasps, and spiders along with other household pests like dust mites, cockroaches, mice and rats.
Dust Mites are a large and extremely common contributor in our indoor environments that cause people to experience allergic reactions.
Millions of people are allergic to cat dander, which is one of the most common pet allergens.
Common indoor/outdoor allergens are: tree, grass and weed pollen; mold spores; dust mite and cockroach allergen; and, cat, dog and rodent dander.
Mold exposure is another very common allergen that causes people many different health related issues including allergic reactions. Many species of molds are classified as toxigenic and produce mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks, like Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), to those who are exposed.
Pollen often contributes to people experiencing an allergic reaction especially at times of the years when the pollen counts are at their highest levels.
Our pets are a big part of our lives. We love them and they bring a huge amount of joy to our lives. Let’s face it, our pets are an important part of the family and we love them. It’s unfortunate but many people experience allergic reactions to animals.
The most common allergy symptoms can simply make you uncomfortable. For example, you may have watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, a rash or hives. People who have become sensitized to molds and other allergens often have trouble metabolizing the allergen or mycotoxins and may experience a variety of health issues.
Indoor Environmental Professionals is equipped to work with you to provide you with answers to allergen exposure in your indoor environment. Our inspectors can provide you with a variety of allergen and mold testing options. Call 309-670-6653 or send us an e-mail if you have allergy concerns.
Below is a list of the most common testing that we perform for our clients.
- Non-Viable Air Sampling
- Tape Lift Surface Sampling
- Swab Surface Sampling
- Bulk Sampling
- ERMI Testing
- Viable Air Sampling
Combination Assays: Mold Allergens
- Asp f 1, Alt a 1, S. charatarum (X, Y), A. versicolor
- S. charatarum (X, Y) and A. versicolor
- Alt a 1
- Asp f 1
- Aspergillus versicolor
- Stachybotrys chartarum X
- Stachybotrys chartarum Y
- Bos d 2: Cow Allergen
- Can f 1: Dog Allergen
- Equ c 4: Horse Allergen
- Fel d 1: Cat Allergen
- Fel d 4
- GPUP: Guinea Pig Urinary Protein
- Mus m 1: Mouse Urinary Protein
- Rat n 1: Rat Urinary Protein
- Bla g 1: Cockroach Allergen
- Bla g 2: Cockroach Allergen
- Bla g 5: Cockroach Allergen
Dust Mite Allergen
- In home Rapid Allergen Testing
- Blo t 5: Dust Mite Allergen
- Der f 1: Dust Mite Allergen
- Der p 1: Dust Mite Allergen
- Mite Group 2: Dust Mite Allergens Group 2
- Tropomyosin: D. pteronyssinus tropomyosin allergen, Der p 10