Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) is a condition where a person suffers adverse physical reactions to even low-level exposure to common chemicals. Reported symptoms include sneezing, congestion, rashes, breathing problems, and even worse. It is highly debated whether multiple chemical sensitivity should actually be classified as an illness, because no scientific causes can be found.
Common chemicals that can cause reactions in MCS sufferers include formaldehyde, and other volatile organic compounds like household cleaners, pesticides, off-gassing from synthetic carpets, furniture and mattresses, fabric conditioners, air fresheners, paint and many other sources. These chemicals can cause sore throats, digestive tract problems, allergic reactions, headaches, nervous system problems and more, even in normally healthy people. Even low level exposure can cause these effects for sufferers of multiple chemical sensitivity.
Most documented cases suggest that MCS developed later in life, however these cases also indicate that there was significant exposure to chemicals in childhood. (Read why children are more sensitive to chemicals than adults are.)
Most homes have an abundance of offending chemicals. The sources should be identified and removed to make sure your home’s air is clean and healthy.
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