Multiple Chemical Sensitivity & Indoor Environmental Quality
Among many in the medical community, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a controversial issue. Some do not recognize the condition as a true disease or illness, while others support its existence.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) states, “In theory, MCS is an adverse physical reaction to low levels of many common chemicals. Chemical sensitivity is generally accepted as a reaction to chemicals but debate continues as to whether MCS is classifiable as an illness.” The National Institute of Health (NIH) has defined MCS as a “chronic recurring disease caused by a person’s inability to tolerate an environmental chemical or class of foreign chemicals.”
MCS patients often report non-specific symptoms from exposure to low-levels of chemical, biological or physical agents. There may be no single stimuli or predictor of reactions. Many MCS symptoms mimic other known illnesses. Common symptoms of MCS may include nausea, trouble breathing, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, trouble concentrating and memory issues in addition to numerous other symptoms.
Proposed theories to explain the cause of MCS include allergy, dysfunction of the immune system, neurobiological sensitization and various psychological theories. According to OSHA, “There is insufficient scientific evidence to confirm a relationship between any of these possible causes and symptoms.” The agency goes on to report that an evaluation should be performed by a physician knowledgeable of the symptoms of this condition.
“The wide range of symptoms can make it a challenge for many MCS sufferers to find relief,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Avoidance of the substance or substances that are believed to be triggering the condition appears to be one of the consistent ways to treat MCS. At EMSL, we provide indoor environmental quality testing services to identify potential chemical and biological triggers that could be of concern for those who suffer from MCS.”
EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity that can be seen at:
To learn more about testing for indoor environmental quality concerns or other health and safety issues, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com .
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