What is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)?

Author: Maxima Skelton

Date: NOV 2017

Chemical Injury, Chemical Sensitivity, Environmental intolerances are all phrases used to describe the debilitating and dominating condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. MCS is a condition that causes unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants or environmental factors, such as solvents (cleaning supplies), perfumes, petrol, smoke, “chemicals” in general and often comes hand in hand with problems with pollen, house dust mites, and pet fur.

The condition is still very much misunderstood and can be increasingly difficult to manage; each case can be different from the next. Here are some of the symptoms associated with MCS:

  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Itching
  • Sneezing
  • Memory problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Changes in heart rhythm
  • Chest pain
  • Muscle pain and/or stiffness
  • Mood changes

This article on MCS was published by Action Against Allergy in their members’ journal Allergy Newsletter No.120. Read the full article here…

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