Now comes the missing piece of the puzzle for our friends with asthma and allergies: what allergens they’re actually breathing at home.
Scientists at Chicago startup Inspirotec developed an air sampler they call Exhale. https://exhalenow.com/ You place this small device in your bedroom, leave it for five days, and then mail it back to Inspirotec labs. They test the collected air and tell you which and how much of 13 common allergens are floating around your bedroom. (Pollen, dog, cat, dust mite and mold, for examples.)
The Inspirotec team presented new research today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Their study proved the technology works and is easy to use, and also provided the first-ever extensive statistical measure of airborne allergens in homes.
I’m writing about this because I’m doing a bit of consulting with Inspirotec, and I find this team and their work fascinating.
Implications for asthma and allergy sufferers and their doctors are significant.
“This is an important educational tool, allowing patients and their doctors to know for the first time precisely what airborne allergens they have in their homes,” said Julian Gordon, the biophysicist who developed the technology.
This allows “more focused remediation measures,” which means, simply, patients and their doctors know what to tackle.
For years, collected dust has served as a surrogate for assessing exposure to allergens.