Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and Identifying Airborne Pollutants in California Homes, Schools and Businesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that as recently as 2019, over 375 residents of California died from asthma that year alone. Millions of people in the state have the chronic lung disease that makes breathing difficult and many more suffer from allergies.

The month of May is recognized as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. It is a time to spread awareness and educate the public about ways to prevent or mitigate exposure risks that could trigger an asthma attack or allergies. Asthma attacks can often be prevented if people with the disease avoid exposure to asthma triggers.

According to the California Air Resources Board (CARB): There are many asthma triggers in addition to air pollution. These include pollens, dust mites, animal dander, and fragrances, among others. Typically, an individual asthmatic responds to a unique subset of asthma triggers. Air pollution is a well-documented asthma trigger for some asthmatics; however, the role air pollution plays in initiating asthma is still under investigation and likely involves a complex set of interactions between indoor and outdoor environmental exposures and individual genetic susceptibility.

“Mitigating exposure risks to asthma triggers, allergens, and respiratory irritants is an important part of managing asthma and many other respiratory conditions,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing's Huntington Beach facility. “At LA Testing, we support the efforts of Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month by offering indoor environmental quality (IEQ) laboratory testing services to identify the most common asthma triggers and airborne pollutants that could be lurking in people's homes, schools or businesses. With that information, corrective actions can be taken to eliminate or mitigate exposures, so people can better manage their condition.”

LA Testing has multiple laboratories throughout California providing air, dust, and other IEQ testing services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, and air monitoring instruments. To learn more about this, please visit, email  or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California's leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash, and smoke damage, particulates, and other chemicals.  In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health, and other states.  LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego, and Ontario.

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