If you think you are being exposed to toxins, allergens, or other materials that are affecting your health, consider the following questions about your home and workplace. Write detailed answers to the questions, and discuss them with your doctor.
Do you come into contact with or handle any of the following at work or at home?
Are any of your coworkers or family members experiencing unusual symptoms?
Have any pets had a change in health or behavior?
Do your symptoms get better or worse at home, at work, on weekends, or while on vacation?
Is your workplace poorly ventilated?
More questions about your home environment
Do you live near an industrial plant, dump, commercial business, or nonresidential property?
Which of the following do you have in your home?
Air conditioner, purifier, or humidifier
Fireplace or woodstove
Gas or oil heating
Gas or electric stove
Have you recently remodeled, installed new carpet, or refinished furniture?
Can you see efflorescence on the walls? Efflorescence-a white, powdery or crystalline substance that accumulates on the surface of concrete, plaster, or masonry-can be a good first sign of the presence of moisture that can lead to mold growth.
Do you use pesticides or herbicides, such as bug and weed killers, flea and tick sprays, collars, powders or shampoos, in your home or garden or on your pets?
Do you work on your car or have a hobby or craft that you do at home?
Do you get your drinking water from a private well, city water supply, or grocery store?