Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and Mitigating Exposure Risks to Asthma Triggers, Allergens and Respiratory Irritants

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month takes place in May and the 5th of the month is recognized as World Asthma Day. The month is dedicated to asthma control and education to increase awareness about the disease and how those with it can prevent or mitigate exposure risks to asthma triggers, allergens, and respiratory irritants.

Asthma affects the lungs and causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases with 1 in 13 Americans (more than 25 million people) living with the condition.

“For those with asthma, avoiding exposure to triggers in the environment is one of the key ways to prevent an attack,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “There are a number of common allergens and respiratory irritants that can act as asthma triggers. These vary from person to person, but some of the most common ones include tobacco smoke, dust mites, outdoor air pollution, chemical irritants, cockroaches, cats, dogs, mold, nitrogen dioxide, and smoke from burning wood or grass. Identifying the presence of these and others airborne pollutants in an asthmatic's home, school, or work environment can be a significant help, allowing them to better manage their condition and possibly prevent future asthma attacks.”

In the United States and Canada, EMSL Analytical provides indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory testing services for a wide range of asthma triggers, allergens, and respiratory irritants. They also offer sampling supplies, test kits, and air monitoring instruments.

To learn more about environmental asthma trigger, allergen, and respiratory irritant testing services, supplies or products, please visit, email  or call (800) 220-3675. To access IEQ test kits, visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC's, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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