Sneezing and wheezing? Here's how to test for allergens in your home


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Are you coughing or sneezing, or suffering from nasal congestion; itchy, watery eyes; runny nose; itchy throat; stomachache; itchy skin; hives; or fatigue at home? There could be allergens present in your home.

But how do you find out?

Pro-Lab, a manufacturer of home safety test kits, has extended its line of self-care test kits to include the Allergen Test Kit.

"Allergies are becoming more prevalent, with millions of Americans suffering year-round because of allergens trapped within their homes," said Jamie McDonnell, Pro-Lab CEO. "We created the Allergen Test Kit to give Americans the resource they need to identify the source of their ailments."

The Pro-Lab Allergen Test Kit offers a way to detect allergen particles — users secure an included attachment to a vacuum nozzle and run in suspect locations, including mattresses, pillowcases and carpets. Once the sample cassette is filled, the cassette is placed in a pre-addressed mailer to be analyzed.

"The results empower families with the knowledge needed to protect themselves," McDonnell said. "Pinpointing the location of allergens allows them to be eradicated instead of continuing with endless symptom treatment."

Kits are available at a number of retailers, including Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, Menards, Ace, True Value and Amazon. Suggested retail price for the Allergen Test Kits is $9.95.

Click here for more test kits from Pro-Lab, including mold, carbon monoxide, lead and pesticides.