Multiple Chemical Sensitivities - Maryam Henein


Maryam Henein


Published on Oct 31, 2018

Multiple Chemical Sensitivites - Are You An Environmental Indicator?

A study conducted in 2004 estimated that the national average for those afflicted with chemical sensitivities affects anywhere from 12 percent to 15 percent of the population. Women complain of MCS significantly more often than men, and most patients are 30 to 50 years old at the time of diagnosis. Previous studies have also shown that persons meeting various criteria for MCS have higher rates of autoimmune conditions.

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What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), also known as idiopathic environmental intolerances (IEI), is a disputed chronic condition characterized by symptoms that the affected person attributes to low-level exposures to commonly used chemicals. Symptoms are typically vague and non-specific.

Multiple chemical sensitivity can include a wide range of symptoms, which some people link to their environment. It's also known as “environmental illness,” "sick building syndrome,” or “MCS.” Your doctor may call it “idiopathic environmental intolerance.”

While it's difficult to get disability benefits for MCS, Social Security has granted benefits for MCS in the past. Individuals can be sensitive to particles in the air they breathe, the food they eat, and the things they touch every day. ... Other names for MCS include Chemical Injury Syndrome and Environmental Illness.

The symptoms people report are wide-ranging. They include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, sore throat, chest pain, changes in heart rhythm, breathing problems, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rash, diarrhea, bloating, gas, confusion, trouble concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes.