Allergen Testing

If you have allergies, you know what a disruption they can be to your daily life. Whether you suffer from sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes, rashes, or any other number of symptoms, you will try anything to alleviate the symptoms and feel better.

allergy causesA smart way to do that is to eliminate the cause. Allergies often stem from environmental conditions in the home or workplace, and the culprit can often be pinpointed with the proper testing. Mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particles in dust can be the cause of a host of allergic reactions.

RTK offers a number of comprehensive allergen testing solutions, including dust characterization; mold testing; and volatile organic compound testing. Often, only one person in a dwelling or building may be affected, and others may not.

These are common symptoms caused by environmental allergens:

Mold Symptoms

Mold symptoms can vary depending on the type of mold and the length and severity of exposure. Some mold allergy symptoms present the same as a cold or flu. These include:

  • watery eyes moldSneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough and postnasal drip
  • Itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • Watery eyes

Some molds however, like black mold or toxic mold, not only cause allergic reactions, but they can cause illness and other health problems including:

  • Skin infections and rashes
  • Pneumonia
  • mold reactionFlu like symptoms
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Severe breathing troubles
  • Fever
  • Nervousness
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating

Poor Indoor Air Quality Symptoms

Poor indoor air quality is the cause of a number of illnesses that cannot be explained. When we feel worse at home or at our workplace, chances are there is an environmental issue in the location that’s causing the problem. Ask yourself – are your symptoms worse in certain environments? VOCs and mold are responsible for up to 80% of all indoor air quality issues.

What are the common symptoms of VOC Exposure?

  • VOC headacheHeadaches
  • Fatigue and listlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty concentrating

What are the effects of long-term exposure to VOCs?

  • Cancer
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Central Nervous System damage

Common Allergens in Dust:

  • Dust MitesDust Mites
  • Fungal Spores
  • Dander
  • Pollen
  • Silicates
  • Synthetic Fibers
  • Talc
  • Soot
  • Cellulose Fibers
  • Fiberglass
  • Insect Particles

If you have an allergy problem, have your home or workplace tested for environmental hazards that can trigger allergies. Once you know what you are dealing with, you can take the proper steps to mitigate the problem. Live well!

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