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Category Press Release
Publish Date 10/26/2023
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Identifying Pollen and Other Indoor Allergens to Optimize Conditions in California Homes and Buildings
Introduction LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and air monitoring instruments to detect allergens, respiratory irritants and asthma triggers.

Huntington Beach, CA, October 26, 2023

Flowering plants, trees and grasses release pollen into the air and this fine powdery substance can be carried into people’s homes, businesses and schools. For anyone exposed to pollen, it can cause various symptoms, or none at all.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that for individuals that are allergic to pollen, exposure can trigger various allergic reactions, including symptoms of hay fever. Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, occurs when allergens like pollen enter the body and the immune system mistakenly identifies them as a threat. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis may include sneezing, runny nose and congestion. It affects as many as 60 million people per year in the United States, including millions in California alone.

Exposure to pollen can also trigger symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the lining of the eye due to exposure to allergens like those in pollen. Symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include red, watery or itchy eyes.

“Some people with respiratory illnesses may also find they are more sensitive to pollen exposure,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Exposure to pollen has been linked to asthma attacks and increases in hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses. It is also important to recognize there could be other indoor allergens causing allergy symptoms. Some of the most common ones include mold, animal danger and dust mites.”

In California, LA Testing is a leading provider of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services for allergens, asthma triggers and respiratory irritants. With laboratories across the state, LA Testing also offers sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits and air monitoring instruments. They even sponsored an educational video about pollen allergies and indoor air quality last year that can still be seen at:

To learn more about indoor environmental quality testing services and resources, 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 food, consumer product, environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, bacteria, 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.

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