What We Test For

We test for inhaled air borne environmental allergens. Our test is aimed at 54 allergic triggers that are native to Colorado and the western states. Many allergens will cross react with like or similar pollens or mold spores. We have included mixtures of species (Mold and Pollen) of an antigen. They have been identified below.

Mold Spores – year round

  1. Aspergillus mix
      • A. amstelodami
      • A. flavus
      • A. fumigatus
      • A. nidulans
      • A. niger
        • Common soil fungus.
        • Frequently found on damp hay, grain, sausage, fruits, Fowl (chicken),feathers, damp cloth, leather goods, spoiled foods (bacon, sausage, etc.), damp paper, decaying plant and vegetable material.
  2. Alternaria
    • Grows as a parasite on plants and plant materials, especially grass.
    • Spores are easily made airborne.
    • Considered one of the most common causes of allergy symptoms due to air-borne mold spores.
  3. Cladosporium
    • Cladosporium is the most abundant air-borne mold spore.
    • It ranks second only to Alternaria in the frequency of symptoms from inhalation of spores.
    • Found on decomposing plants, leather, rubber, cloth, paper and wood products.
    • The spores are released to the atmosphere in great numbers after rains and damp weather. Associated with fresh rain smell.
  4. Penicillium mix
    • P.camembertii
    • P. chrysogenum
    • P.digitatum
    • P.notatum
    • P.roquefortii
      • The antibiotic penicillin does not cross react with this mold.
      • Normally a soil inhabitant, but grows readily on fruits, breads, cheese, leather, and fabrics.
  5. Acremonium
    • These molds are common soil inhabitant and have been isolated from dust in textile plants.
  6. Fusarium
    • F.oxysporum
      • Grows as a parasite on green plants such as peas, beans, cotton, tomatoes, corn, sweet potatoes and rice, as well as other decaying plants.
      • Patients sensitive to this mold are often sensitive to Aspergillus and Penicillium.
  7. Mucor
    • M.racemosus
      • Common soil inhabitant. Found in old musty houses, furniture, furnishings, decaying fruits, and on animal waste.
      • Common in House Dust.
  8. Rhizopus
    • R.stolonifer
      • Grows readily on bread, cured meats and root vegetables, ie, potatoes.
      • Common mold on Pine needles.
  9. Epicoccum mix
    • E.nigrum
    • E.purpurascens
      •  Symptoms increase in the late summer and fall.
      • Normally a soil organism and can often be found on decaying vegetation, plant leaves and uncooked fruit.
  10. Curvularia mix
    • Drechslera
    • Spicifera
      • Common mold in Swamp Coolers.
      • A soil-borne organism, and also grows as a parasite on plants and plant material, i.e., bananas and corn leaves.
  11. Bipolaris
    • Found on cereal grain, plants, grasses (i.e., wheat, oats, rye) and all forms of plant debris.
  12. Stemphylium
    • Pleospora herbarum
      • Damp paper, wood, canvas, cotton fabrics, grasses and other decaying plants.
  13. Pullularia mix
    • Aureobasidium
    • Pullulans
      • Normally found in soil but also on decaying vegetation and chalking material.
      • Bathroom tiles.  Plastics and paints.
  14. Trichophyton
  15. Candida
  16. Epidermophyton
    • T.Mentagrophytes
    • C.albicans
    • E.floccosum
      • The last three molds of this list are commonly found on the human skin.
      • They combine with normal bacteria to keep the skin healthy.
      • If a sensitivity occurs to any of these molds, symptoms can occur in any of the ear, nose, or throat areas.
        • Can contribute to nasal congestion, sore throats, coughing, and clearing of the throat and sinus blockage.
        • Thick and heavy mucus.

Agricultural Pollens – summer / fall

  1. Wheat Pollen
  2. Sugar Beets Pollen
  3. Alfalfa Pollen
  4. Corn Pollen
  5. Grain Smuts
  6. Grass Smuts

Trees Pollens – spring

Cross reaction pollens are included under the main antigen.

  1. Box Elders
    • Maples
  2. Cottonwoods
    • Aspens
    • Poplars
  3. Ash
  4. Pine
    • Lodge pole Pine
    • Western Yellow Pine
    • Ponderosa Pine
  5. Juniper
    • Mountain Ceader
  6. Russian Olive
  7. Gambel’s Oak
  8. Elm
    • American Elms
    • Fall Blooming Elms
  9. Birch/Willow
  10. Spruce

Weed Pollen – summer / fall

Cross reaction pollens are included under the main antigen.

  1. Ragweed
    • Giant Ragweed
    • Short Ragweed
  2. Sagebrush
    • Mugwort
    • Desert Sage
    • Wormwood
  3. Marsh Elder
    • Burweed
    • Sunflowers
    • Careless Weed
    • Poverty weed
  4. Pigweed
    • Goosefoot
  5. Kochia
  6. Lamb’s Quarter
  7. Russian thistle
    • Canadian Thistle
    • Rabbit bush
  8. Sheep Sorrel
    • Western Dock
    • Yellow Dock
    • Wild Rhubarb
  9. English plantain
    • Prairie Plantain
    • Great Plantain
  10. Cocklebur

Animals – year round

  1. Cat Dander
  2. Dog Hair
  3. Cattle Hair
  4. Horse Hair
  5. Rabbit Hair
  6. Mice Hair
  7. Guinea Pigs
  8. Roach

Grass Pollens – summer / fall

Cross reaction pollens are included under the main antigen.

  1. Bermuda grass pollen
    • Bahia
    • Johnson Grass
    • Brome
    • Bermuda
  2. Timothy Grass pollen
    • Timothy
    • Perennial Rye
    • Meadow Fescue
    • Orchard Grass
    • Sweet Vernal
    • Redtop
    • Kentucky Blue

Additional – year round

  1. Feathers Mix
  2. Dust Mite


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