Health Care Professionals
There is a growing awareness by health care professionals that indoor air quality plays a significant role in their patient”s health. Understanding what patients are inhaling and the possible health effects can therefore play a significant role in both the diagnosis and recommendations. It is not unusual for clients to say that their health care provider recommended they have their indoor air sampled for mold and other particulate as part of their exam.
Health symptoms that have resulted from exposure to elevated spore counts include headaches, coughs, asthma, allergies, sore throat, sinus problems, runny nose, depression, irritability, loss of energy, bloodshot eyes, and poor appetite. Although most symptoms will diminish after excess exposure is eliminated, the toxins associated with some spores can create more severe and longer lasting problems.
While the direct effects of exposure to allergens is bad enough, exposure to mold and other particulate can also weaken the body”s immune system, affecting the body”s ability to fight off infection and disease from other sources, such as bacteria and viruses. Some believe that mold related weakening of the immune system plays a role in some cancers as well.
We know that mold spores and particulate in the indoor air is not the only thing that causes the symptoms listed above, but it is one thing. Next time you are doing an examination and having lab work done to identify the source of health related symptoms, request indoor air samples as part of the examination.
Air Allergen will prepare a report of what your patients are breathing and can culture carpet dust and other materials to determine what has occurred over the recent past to consider as part of the information leading to your diagnosis and treatment. It is important. They will thank you for it.