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SECTION 2 About MCS
How does MCS develop and who gets it?
There seems to be no age barrier to developing MCS. Indeed the prevalence of childhood allergies, food intolerances and other sensitivities are increasing. (Poulos, M L et al. 2007)
The exact mechanism of MCS is still debated, but can arise following SENSITISATION from
1) a single large dose from an occupational exposure, domestic/school exposure (eg pesticide treatment, home renovations) or environmental exposure (eg mosquito treatments, chemical fire), or
2) long term exposure to lower levels of chemicals arising through an occupational, domestic/school, or environmental exposure.
3) A combination of 1 and 2.
Once sensitization occurs, AND FURTHER EXPOSURES ARE NOT ELIMINATED, the condition can worsen and the number of chemicals that cause adverse health reactions increases until the number and variety are such that the person can no longer live what is considered a ‘normal life’. This is known as the ‘spreading factor’.
The only known way to deal with MCS is avoidance. This has become a nightmare because of the insidious nature of the chemicals and a community acceptance that these products are both safe and necessary.
Chemical sensitivity is a recognised disability by the Australian government JobAccess Disability Advice Initiative (http://jobaccess.gov.au/Advice/Disability/Pages/Multiple_Chemical_Syndrom.aspx) and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (www.humanrights.gov.au). The right of the chemically sensitive to clean air and a safe environment is enshrined in International Human Rights Charters.
What are the symptoms of MCS ?
People with MCS are unable to tolerate even small amounts of chemicals that are present in the environment – air, water, the food they eat, medications and many consumer products. Following exposure to certain substances, people with MCS will suffer a number of symptoms related to many organ systems. A few examples are
- Respiratory – shortness of breath to severe breathing difficulties,
- Gastrointestinal – nausea, vomiting abdominal pain,
- Skin – rashes, itching etc,
- Neurological – difficulty concentrating, mood swings, headache.
- Musculoskeletal – pain, stiffness,
For more information on Chemical Sensitivity see the ASEHA Leaflet Series – Chemical Sensitivity – Is there a problem? And other ASEHA articles that can be found through the website MCS Information Page. www.asehaqld.org.au
Last Updated (Wednesday, 06 July 2011 00:44)