- Mold spores are an allergen, but so are pollens, dust mites, human skin cells, cockroach feces, cat and dog dander, to even mice and rat
- Individuals having asthma or COPD, and those who are immune- compromised, may be at higher risk of experiencing allergen health
- One study report; kids who are allergenic to cockroaches, were hospitalized
- 3 times more often than other children (National Jewish Health).
- Dust collection from household vacuums, fabrics, upholstery and air filters; air sampling of outdoor and indoor
Sampling and Analysis
- MOLD – EPA’s analysis method for mold is using DNA “qPRC method ERMI” (quantitative PRC; Environmental Relative Moldiness Index) sequencing, where the data is compared against a nationwide DNA database that measures 36 species of mold which may be present. By testing for a wide range of molds and comparing their concentrations, ERMI analysis aims to assess whether your home or workplace is impacted by mold.
- ALLERGENS – ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) is a method that looks at proteins present in allergens, such as pet dander, cockroach feces, skin cells, and dust mites, which could be the source of human exposure.
- POLLENS – Pollen collection in air is based on the volume of air per cubic meter, where analysis is completed through direct microscopy at 400 times power, where pollen grains are counted and identified.