by A+ Inspections

Mold & Indoor Air Quality

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
See also: Sick Building Syndrome

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is also called MCS. When someone has an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants, they have MCS. These pollutants include solvents, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), perfumes, petrol, diesel, and smoke. MCS can also be referred to as Chemical Injury, Chemical Sensitivity, Environmental Illness, and Sick Building Syndrome.

Similar to many illnesses, children are more exposed to various triggers than adults. This is because children are constantly exposed to a variety of common chemicals, playing on the floors or carpet, or outside. They are thus exposed to numerous chemicals and residue, which may trigger MCS.

What are the symptoms of MCS?

How do I know if I have MCS or just Allergies?

What Causes MCS?

The causes of MCS are unknown, therefore making it hard to diagnose and treat. One theory is that chemicals traveling in the air enter through the nose and affect an area of the brain, the limbic system, which controls our emotions, behavior, and memory. Another theory, the toxic-induced loss of tolerance, (TILT) says that acute or chronic exposure to chemicals causes some people to lose their tolerance for chemicals over time, thus developing MCS.

What are some chemical triggers causing MCS?

How is MCS Treated?

Because the symptoms of MCS and levels of reactions are different for everyone, there is no one medical treatment that works on all patients. Therefore, one solution is to avoid triggers altogether. Another way to "treat" MCS is to buy organic products that do not contain chemicals.

Are there cleaners, medicines, or food that control MCS?
Choose goods that contain the words, “natural”, “organic”, or “eco-friendly” to avoid MCS symptoms

What are some indicators of co-workers with Sick Building Syndrome at my workplace?

What are some ways to avoid triggers in the workplace?


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