Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCS)

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCS) has been associated with hypersensitivity responses to chemicals.  The syndrome is characterized by multiple subjective symptoms that are related to more than one system.

The most common symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity are:

  • nasal congestion
  • headaches
  • lack of concentration
  • fatigue
  • memory loss

Many mechanisms have been suggested to explain how chemicals cause these symptoms.  A major hypothesis is that Multiple Chemical Sensitivity occurs when chemical exposure sensitizes an individual and, upon subsequent exposure to exceedingly small amounts of these or unrelated chemicals, the individual exhibits an adverse response.

Source : Casarett & Doull’s essentials of toxicology

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is also known as toxic injury (TI), chemical sensitivity (CS), chemical injury syndrome (CI), environmental illness (EI), idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI) sick building syndrome, and toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT).

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