If you’ve been diagnosed with allergies, you may have an increased sensitivity to certain allergens. You may be receiving treatment that minimizes your body’s responses to allergens. But minimizing your exposure to the allergens that bother you is an equally crucial step toward controlling your symptoms.
It may be impossible to completely eliminate all allergens in the home, but even reducing them can lead to a significant decrease in symptoms, less need for medication and a higher quality of life.
Identifying the levels of common allergens in your home and then taking the necessary steps, as appropriate, to reduce them can provide benefit to family members with allergies, whether or not they’ve been formally diagnosed.
Sneezing, coughing, postnasal drip and itchy eyes are such common symptoms that many sufferers downplay them, attributing them to a cold or vague sinus trouble. Yet in 20 percent of all adults and 40 percent of all children, these common respiratory symptoms actually result from reactions to allergy-producing substances in the air.
The respiratory symptoms of asthma, which affect approximately 11 million Americans, are often provoked by airborne allergens.
Overall, allergic diseases are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40 to 50 million Americans.
In addition to helping your family, reducing airborne allergens in your home may also benefit visitors to your home and the next owners of your home, should you decide to move.
Family Air Care Testing Kit Discontinued
As of June 2012, National Jewish Health will no longer be offering the Family Air Care Indoor Allergens & Mold Kit. Similar tests are available from the Environmental Protection Agency. You may email Dr. Stephen Vesper of the Environmental Protection Agency for more information.