The indoor environment is full of airborne particles, biological and chemical compounds, and living microorganisms. In certain situation, some of the naturally occurring contaminants can accumulate in the indoor dust and on surfaces causing allergies and allergic reactions in sensitive in sensitive individuals. Many of the allergens are contained in the pollen, mould, dust mites and other insect parts, urine and skin secretion of pets, pets or farm animals.
Many of the allergens such as pollen, mould spores and allergens from the farm and domestic animals are present in the outdoor environments and are carried into the home from the outside. Others such as allergens from dog, cats, rodents, cockroaches and moulds occur mainly indoors in accumulated household dust. In favourable conditions such as in a warm area with high moisture levels, allergens such as moulds and dust mites can proliferate. Moulds can colonise any surfaces within the home in moisture is present and dust mites live in carpets, upholstered furniture, mattresses and pillows and feed off human and animal skin cells (dander).
We have developed Allergen Test Kit to allow you to test your home and workplace for the presence of allergens using latest scientific methods. This test kit will test for one selected allergen!
Out Allergen Test Kit:
- Is easy to use with no complicated instruction;
- Uses reliable scientifically validated sampling method;
- Uses certified analysis of your sample;
- Suitable for detection of 18+ different allergens: dust mites, toxic black mould, insects, rodents, pet animals and farm animals
- Is capable of detecting very low level of most common allergens;
- Laboratory report including the results and interpretation of your test based on scientific publications and health guidance
What can you test for
Fungal spores: Fungal allergens are closely associated with allergy diseases such as asthma, hay fever, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and others. Mould allergens are digestive proteins released into the environment by mould spores actively growing moulds. Most common fungal spore allergens are those of Alternaria moulds (Alt a1), Aspergillus moulds (Asp f1) and Stachybotrys moulds (Black mould)
Dust mites: Exposure to dust mite allergens has been closely linked with the development of asthma in children. People who are already suffering from asthma are very likely to be allergic to dust mites allergens. The mite allergens are remains of digestive proteins released from the faecal droppings of the mites which are inhaled during sleep. The most common mite allergen in the UK are proteins from the European dust mite (Der p1 and Der p2) but other allergens may also be present (Der f1, Der f2, Blo t1)
Cockroaches: Allergens released by the cockroaches are frequently encountered in house dust, carpets, bedding and kitchens. Allergic sensitization usually occurs during sleep times when dust in bed fabrics is disturbed. The allergens produced by the cockroaches are associated with faecal droppings and other secretions. The most common allergen is the Bla g1 allergen produced by the European cockroach.
Cats: Cat related allergens are present throughout the household and are very common even in homes without cats. The allergens produced by domestic cats come from the skin secretion of these animals which dry in the fur and then flake off. Airborne flakes are then inhaled causing typical allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
Dogs: Dog allergens are associated with small particles accumulated in dust in carpets, bedding and upholstered furniture. The dog allergens are associated with skin secretion and urine. The allergens are prevalent in house dust where dogs are present.
Guiney Pig: Guinea pig allergens are present in the dander, fur urine and saliva of these animals. The allergens accumulate in the dust and bedding and can become airborne following disturbance. The allergenic particles are very small and therefore remain airborne for long periods of time. Asthma, allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis occurs frequently following sensitisation to Guinea Pig allergens
Cow: Cow dander and fur contain a variety of allergens from the major allergens has been identified as the Bos d 2 allergens also present in the sweat and urine of the animals. Cow dander is a frequent cause of asthma, allergic rhinitis and allergic conjunctivitis in farmers. Cases of atopic dermatitis and eczema due to cow hair and dander have also been reported in children with frequent contact with farm animals.
Horse: Horse allergy occurs among people who regularly handle Horses. Sensitive individuals can experience induction or exacerbation of asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and occupational asthma.
Rodents: Rodent allergens mainly those of rats (Rat n1) and mice (Mus m1) are linked to the urine of these animals. The allergens are dispersed around the buildings by the rodents searching for food and marking their territory. These allergens are closely associated with increased asthma attacks and allergic rhinitis.
How it works
Our allergen Test Kit has been developed to evaluate the concentration of allergens in accumulated dust in a specific location (e.g. bedroom, classroom or office). Our do-it–yourself kit does not require special training. You just follow simple instruction and send the sample back to us for certified analysis. Once the analysis is completed we will prepare for you a report with interpretation for your results based on the latest guidance.
Read the detail instruction, fill in the forms and prepare the sampling equipment.
Collect a sample for dust from soft furnishing, beds, and carpets or from a vacuum cleaner and post it to our laboratory.
Receive a full report with the interpretation of the results and recommendation on how to reduce the levels of particular allergens in your home.