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Identify Allergy Triggers in your School, Healthcare, Office Buildings or Homes with Allergen Screen Check

A simple, inexpensive and yet effective DIY allergen test is the Allergen Screen Check manufactured by Building Health Check.

Washington, DC -- According to EPA, the most successful technique for managing asthma in the school environment is avoiding “triggers,” which are substances that can cause an asthma episode or allergic reaction. When children with allergies come in contact with irritants or triggers, they may experience congestion, a runny or itchy nose, and watery eyes. Children with asthma may cough, wheeze, or experience shortness of breath and chest tightness.  Since the allergy triggers are microscopic (you can’t see them or smell them in most cases) you need to understand what they are and how much of the foreign allergen exists before you can effectively remove or treat it.  A simple, inexpensive and yet effective DIY allergen test is the Allergen Screen Check manufactured by Building Health Check. 


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.


A recent study by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) found that 41 percent of the children with asthma surveyed had as many as three asthma episodes each month at

school. Untreated or unrecognized asthma and allergy symptoms sparked by classroom triggers can interfere with participation in sports, school trips, physical education classes, and play activities. They can also interfere with a child’s energy level, concentration, attention span, cognitive functioning, and peer relations. Parents should make school personnel aware of their child’s asthma or allergy condition so that school officials can work to help the child avoid triggers.


The most common asthma and allergy triggers found in buildings come from living organisms such as trees, plants, fungus, insects, or animals. Cockroaches, dust mites, mold, animal dander, and secondhand smoke can aggravate a student’s allergies or asthma. Pollen and ozone have also been shown to trigger asthma episodes. Chemicals such as formaldehyde and nitrous oxides can be respiratory tract irritants.


“As a doctor we help our patents by first identifying their medical baseline conditions 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.”  That’s 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” commenting Dr. Hawkins.


“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 live healthier and happier.


Whether perception or reality the only way to ascertain the difference in the quality of your indoor air is to have the home or workplace professionally evaluated either by building scientists or a quantitative, qualitative DIY test kits such as the kits. 


For an evaluation of your workplace or home call 1-800-422-7873 ext 802.  For a DIY testing call Building Health Check at www.indoorairtest.com or call 1-800-422-7873 ext 804 or 404 or contact Grainger, Sears and other fine retailers.

About Pure Air Control Services:


Founded in 1984 by Alan Wozniak, President/CEO in what began as a small mechanical contracting business has grown into an award winning, industry leading indoor air quality (IAQ) service company serving many fortune 500 corporations, school boards, county, city, state and federal governments and consumers across the US. The firm has serviced over 600 million square feet of indoor environments in over 10,000 facilities.

Pure Air’s nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Duct Cleaning & Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services. The company’s expanding client roster includes the General Services Administration (GSA); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando; and Naval Air Station - King's Bay, Georgia, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air a reliable industry leader.

For more information, visit the company’s web site at www.pureaircontrols.com or contact Alan Wozniak at 1-800-422-PURE (7873) ext 802.