By Gregory Sancoff
When a patient presents with asthma or allergy symptoms, medical professionals might face a dilemma: treat just the symptoms, or try to get to the root cause or triggers. Patients can be tested and treated for allergies and asthma triggered by a variety of contaminants like mold, allergens, formaldehyde and VOCs.
Yet without being able to gauge the levels of such substances present inside the patient’s home, it can be difficult to determine the course of treatment required. Further, it is possible that these treatments could have little to no efficacy if contaminant levels are excessive, especially mold and allergens.
This scenario is now improving with the advent of complete, fast, easy-to-use indoor air and water assessment kits that can be recommended for patient use. Using these kits, patients can provide their doctors with crucial, indoor air quality data about their home environments from professional, accredited labs.
If there is an issue with indoor air quality, one treatment approach might be to remediate the home environment instead of or in addition to other therapies. Or, if therapies are not having the desired effect, an indoor air quality test can help determine what triggers may still be present.
The importance of home testing for contaminants
There is increasing recognition that all Americans deserve to live in home environments free of mold, pests and other health hazards that can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. For example, the Asthma-Free Housing Act, passed in late 2017 by the New York City Council, mandates landlords to clean up asthma triggers inside city apartments. [Read more…]