Huntington Beach, California, May 18, 2023
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that as recently as 2020, almost 2,850,000 Californians suffered from asthma and 446 died that year alone from the disease. No other state has more people living or dying from the chronic lung disease.
To help raise awareness about the disease and provide information about ways asthmatics can manage the condition by preventing or mitigating exposure to environmental asthma triggers, the month of May is designated as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. May 2nd is also recognized as World Asthma Day.
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.
“Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases according to the CDC,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Fortunately, many asthma attacks can be prevented if people with the disease avoid exposure to asthma triggers. In fact, mitigating exposure risks to asthma triggers, allergens and respiratory irritants is an important part of managing many respiratory conditions. LA Testing is proud to help in these efforts. We offer air and indoor environmental quality laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits and air monitoring instruments to detect a wide range of environmental asthma triggers and airborne pollutants.”
Several years ago, LA Testing sponsored an educational video about Asthma Awareness Month and World Asthma Day that can still be seen at: https://youtu.be/37Ss6i9ohtM
To learn more about air and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services and resources, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor environmental 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 general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, 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 and San Diego.