Sneezing is not always the symptom of a cold. Sometimes, it is an allergic reaction to something in the air. According to The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), allergic diseases are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40 to 50 million Americans. Health experts estimate that 35 million Americans suffer from upper respiratory tract symptoms that are allergic reactions to airborne allergens. The respiratory symptoms of asthma, which affect approximately 11 million Americans, are often provoked by airborne allergens.
Our inspectors can determine if high levels of allergens are present in your home or business and help you locate the source. Our inspectors were named Council Certified Indoor Environmental Consultants (CIEC) by the American Indoor Air Quality Council. This certification is in recognition of completion of training and demonstrated competence in indoor air quality assessments. It is the highest level of certification awarded by the American Indoor Air Quality Council.
In addition to holding the CIEC title, one of our inspectors is a Physician Assistant in practice since 1999. This unique background provides PBI with an unparalleled level of understanding of the implications of indoor air quality and health related issues.
We understand that an allergy is a specific reaction of the body's immune system to a normally harmless substance, one that does not bother most people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance. Our inspectors can test for types of allergens that cause allergic reactions such as:
- House Dust Mites
- Mold Spores
- Animal Dander
The following signs and symptoms of airborne allergies are familiar to many:
- Sneezing, often with a runny or clogged nose.
- Coughing and postnasal drip.
- Itching eyes, nose, and throat.
- Watering Eyes.
- "Allergic Shiners" (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses).
- "Allergic Salute" (in a child, persistent upward rubbing of the nose that causes a crease mark on the nose).
To help you better manage your allergy symptoms, you must first know what is causing your allergy. With proper information you can take steps to avoid exposure to problem allergens and contact your health care professional to get specific medical treatment.