Understanding Symptoms of MCS and Comparing It to Other Conditions

What Are the Symptoms?

After the initial exposure, low levels of everyday chemicals such as those found in cosmetics, soaps, and newspaper inks can trigger physical reactions in multiple chemical sensitivity patients. These patients report a range of multiple chemical sensitivity symptoms that often include:

Comparing Other Conditions to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Besides multiple chemical sensitivity, there are some other conditions (of discomfort, pain, or dysfunction) that might have a genetic component but also seem to have an environmental stimulus, including:
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Atypical connective tissue disease after silicone breast implants
  • Chronic hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Drug-induced autoantibodies/hepatitis (liver toxicity)
  • Illness while living near a toxic waste dump site
  • Dental amalgam disease
  • MTBE (methyl-tert-butyl ether, a gasoline additive)-associated symptoms.
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