Abingdon, MD, May 21st, 2012 -- Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. People suffer from allergies caused by everything from insects to certain types of foods. Of all those with this condition, some 40 million have indoor and outdoor allergies as their primary allergy. These may be comprised of allergic triggers to grass, pollens, molds and other irritants.
For people who suffer month after month the cause of their allergy may be due to elevated levels of mold in their homes, schools or places of business. As mold reproduces they release spores that can become airborne and cause allergic reactions in some people.
Of the many types of mold, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has found the major culprits that trigger allergic reactions to include Alternaria, Cladosporium (Hormodendrum), Aspergillus, Penicillium, Helmin thosporium, Epicoccum, Fusarium, Mucor, Rhizopus and Aureobasidium (Pullularia).
Homes and buildings that have suffered water damage or elevated levels of humidity can become a breeding ground for these molds. When moisture is present on many building materials and furnishing found in almost all structures it can take as little as 24 to 48 hours for mold to begin to grow.
One company has been helping people who suffer from allergic reactions to mold through the use of a home test kit for mold. IAQ Index has developed an easy to use test kit that provides accurate results for any mold found in the indoor environment. It has a unique reporting system that even ranks the level of any contamination found.
“Mold and their spores are found naturally in both the indoor and outdoor environments,” reported Bruce Jacobs, CIH, President of IAQ Index. “What makes our test kit so valuable to those who suffer mold allergies is that IAQ Index utilizes a color coded reporting system that provides people with the ability to easily understand if the level of mold found is considered normal or elevated, and if it is elevated, by what degree,” he continued.
About IAQ Index
IAQ Index was developed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist with decades of experience dealing with indoor air quality issues. IAQ Index was developed as a health-based, easy-to-understand, air quality index that is calculated from data generated for various parameters commonly measured during IAQ surveys. The approach is similar to the EPA’s Air Quality Index that has been used historically to communicate the risks posed by common pollutants in the ambient air.