Allergic diseases are among the fastest growing chronic conditions in Australia with 20% of the population affected by allergies like asthma, eczema, hayfever and food intolerances (Australian Society of Clinical Immunology & Allergy 2014).
Children are most commonly affected by allergies with one in three experiencing allergies by the age of five (Henriksen et al 2015).
Allergies can significantly impact the quality of life and some are life-threatening. While many factors (indoor lifestyle, inadequate diet, ambient air pollution, conventional farming practices and overuse of antibiotic drugs) are implicated in the development of allergic diseases, some of the most common asthma and eczema triggers are found right in our homes and backyards.
Typical hazards that people react to in a home include mould, pet dander, house dust mites, pests like cockroaches, and air pollutants like tobacco smoke and vehicle exhaust. If you or your children suffer from allergies, it is a good idea to have your home assessed for potential triggers and get informed about solutions on how they can be effectively addressed.
What does it involve?
We complete a thorough onsite assessment for potential ambient and indoor allergens.
These include traffic-related air pollutants, pesticides, house dust mites, moisture and mould, pet and pest allergens, plants, bedding, building materials, furnishings and chemicals that may be contributing to allergic reactions in occupants.
Air and surface sampling may be carried out if required.
What will you get?
An initial interview over the phone and an online questionnaire to be completed before a home visit.
A comprehensive visual investigation of the home and site.
Discussion of observational findings on the day of the audit.
20-page written summary based on assessment results, which will include practical solutions on how to deal with environmental health triggers identified including but not limited to recommendations on healthier bedding and building materials, asthma-friendly vacuum cleaners and cleaning methods.
A follow up call.