Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. What is it? MCS
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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. What is it?
1.Multiple Chemical Sensitivity? What is IT?
2. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity? The Symptoms of
3.How REAL is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?
How does Multiple Chemical Sensitivity start?
5.What you can do - Toxic Chemicals and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - also referred to as MCS - is also known as chemical injury, Chemical Sensitivity, Environmental illness (E.I.) and Multiple Allergy.
In broad terms it means an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants including solvents, VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds), perfumes, petrol, diesel, smoke, "chemicals" in general and often encompasses problems with regard to pollen, house dust mites, and pet fur & dander.
The problem here is made more difficult still, due to the variable nature of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity from one patient to the next & this often makes treatment with conventional medicine & practices ineffective or inappropriate; for most sufferers with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, the avoidance of pollutants/toxicants is the key.
What CAN be said about defining Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - and in order to help the patient decide whether they truly have MCS or another allergy-related illness - is that the following deciding criteria apply to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity:
the patient exhibits problems - often an allergy-like reaction - to both large - often extremely low levels of irritants/toxicants/triggers : other individuals present at the same time may be unable to detect anything at all or anything unusual or out of the ordinary.
the problem is ongoing, ie. chronic, and not a "one-off" event.
the same symptoms are reproducible with repeated exposure to the same triggers.
the patient is affected by many different triggers.
the patient improves when triggers are absent.
the symptoms of multiple chemical sensitivity
The possible list of symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is almost endless - varies from one patient to the next. Also worthy of mention here is the fact that there is no sharp demarcation between the symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and those of ME/CFS/CFIDS/PVFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis - chronic fatigue), but that most sufferers of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity complain of at least several of the following:
burning, stinging eyes
wheezing, breathlessness nausea extreme fatigue/lethargy
poor memory & concentration