|Multiple Chemical Sensitivity|
In the last decade physicians noticed an increased number of what appears to be symptoms of allergic reactions in the general population. Difficulties in breathing, rashes, congestion, nausea, rashes, and others have been linked to non-naturally occurring chemicals in the environment.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals. The National Institute of Health has defined MCS as a “chronic recurring disease caused by a person’s inability to tolerate an environmental chemical or class of foreign chemicals.”
Many MCS sufferers react to airborne chemicals such as solvents, smoke, diesel, pet fur, dander or personal care products and complain of severe sensitivity or allergic reactions when exposed to very low levels of those pollutants.
The symptoms, triggers and diagnostic uncertainties of MCS are very similar with other health conditions where the environment is the common denominator. One such example is the "sick building syndrome” (SBS) where complaints like headache, decreased impulsion and irritation of the mucous membranes appear simultaneously in several persons in a building.
While it is very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause, a wide range of possible triggers such as improper ventilation, offgassing of chemicals from building materials and maintenance products, bad odors, infrasound or unfavorable illumination have been linked to MCS symptoms.
Many symptoms of MCS are similar to other health conditions but the most common reactions include:
- Dizziness and Faintness
- Flu-like symptoms
- Irregular or Rapid Heartbeat
- Muscle and Joint Pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Mood Disturbances - Depression/Anxiety/Irritability
- Short-term Memory Problems
- Asthma/Breathing Problems
The most common chemicals linked to MCS symptoms are:
- Pesticides (DDT, chlordane, lindane and dieldrin)
- Exhaust fumes (carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, polycyclic hydrocarbons, suspended particles)
- Perfumes (benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, a-pinene, g-terpinene and a-terpineol)
- Paint fumes (acetone, toluene, xylene, formaldehyde, benzene derivatives)
- Household Cleaning Products (diethyl phthalate, toluene, hexane, xylene)
- Personal care products (cocoamide DEA, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, acetone, benzaldehyde)
- Furniture and carpets (acetone, toluene, xylene, formaldehyde, benzene derivatives)
- Cigarette smoke (ammonia, acetaldehyde, acetone, benzene, butyraldehyde, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, nitric oxide and toluene)
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