MCS, a condition presenting as a complex array of symptoms
linked to low level of chemical exposures. A common theme
reported by individuals is experiences of heightened
responsiveness to chemicals at extremely low exposure levels.
Agents Associated with MCS
Individual Chemicals/Chemical Products
Examples of Chemicals that Trigger the Symptoms of MCS
Symptoms Reported for MCS
The symptoms experienced by individuals from exposures are diverse and involve multiple organ systems.
Headache, Fatigue, Confusion, Depression. Shortness of breath,Arthralgia, Myalgia, Nausea. Dizziness, Memory Problems, Gastrointestinal symptoms and Respiratory symptoms.
Association of MCS with Airborne Chemicals/Disinfectants
Yes, airborne chemicals are most common triggers/initiators of MCS and respiratory symptoms are common complaints. The airways are particularly sensitive to damage by airborne chemicals, particulates and infectious agents. These inhaled chemicals/ aerosols/ infectious agents bind to receptors on sensory nerve C-fibres in the respiratory mucosa which triggers the local release of inflammatory mediators from nerve endings, leading to altered function of the respiratory system.
Treatments for MCS
There are no standardised treatments for MCS. Current treatments advocated for MCS include dietary changes,nutritional supplement, detoxification and desensitization techniques, holistic or body therapies, as well as prescription medicines and behavioural therapies. The most common management regime for MCS is avoidance of agents that trigger symptoms.