Is it Summer Allergens or Indoor Air Quality Issues Causing Allergy Symptoms?

Many allergy sufferers in the United States and Canada associate allergies with the spring season, however allergies can be a problem any month of the year, including during the hot summer months. Summer allergies can be caused by seasonal outdoor culprits or due to the presence of indoor allergens.

Two of the most common causes of summer allergies are due to the presence of elevated levels of pollen and mold. Depending on where a person lives, they are likely to be exposed to a variety of pollens. Generally speaking, trees mainly pollinate during spring, but grasses and weeds cause pollen allergies throughout the summer months in many regions.

“High levels of airborne mold spores are also a common occurrence during the summer months,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Outdoors, warm and moist weather conditions are conducive for elevated mold spore counts which can be an issue for people working or enjoying the outdoors. These same spores can also make their way indoors through open windows and doors, and even on people’s clothes and hair. Mold can also originate from inside people’s homes, offices and schools if there are humidity issues or there has been water damage. Even mold growing out-of-sight in a crawl space, basement, attic, or in a wall cavity, can cause indoor air quality problems. Dust mites are another common indoor allergen that thrive in many areas during the summer months"

To help identify indoor allergens, respiratory irritants and environmental asthma triggers, EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides analytical services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify these and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues. If test results indicate elevated levels of mold, dust mite allergens or other IEQ concerns, steps can then be taken to eliminate their presence or mitigate people’s exposure to them. EMSL has even sponsored an educational video about summer allergies and allergens that can be seen at: 

To learn more about indoor air quality (IAQ) or other environmental testing services, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email . To view the complete line of IEQ test kits, visit


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