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Prevention and treatment

Currently, no treatment with a documented effect exists for multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS).

Consequently, it is difficult to provide specific guidance on how people can best manage an everyday life with MCS.

Individual solutions
A study by the Research Centre shows that most doctors recommend their patients to avoid the substances that trigger their symptoms.

Most chemically sensitive persons automatically seek to avoid the airborne chemicals they experience evoke their symptoms. They frequently remove all possible symptom-eliciting agents from their immediate surroundings and prefer to spend a lot of time outdoors.

How the condition is best managed is individual, and as the symptoms are triggered by many different substances, it may take a long time for each individual to find out what works best.

Living with MCS
Experience from other chronic diseases shows that being ill can easily take up a lot of time and energy; in some persons being ill can trigger depression.

A serious consequence of MCS can be social isolation, which may occur as a result of chemically sensitive persons avoiding exposure to common airborne chemicals, which may be found everywhere in the public sphere.

Some chemically sensitive persons report that they benefit from psychological consultations and other forms of therapy, such as mindfulness meditation in relation to how to learn to cope with MCS.

It may also be a good idea to seek contact with other chemically sensitive persons (e.g. through patient associations).

Masks and air purifiers
Many chemically sensitive describe how it helps to use activated carbon air filter masks in situations where they are exposed to cleaning detergents, when they shop, go to the doctor etc. Masks can either be charcoal filter masks or cloth masks. The charcoal masks filter out solvents, tobacco smoke, perfumes, odors from paints, inks and cleaning detergents.

 

Some also report that they benefit from air purifiers at home.

 

To date there are no scientific studies on the effects of filtered air on MCS symptoms.

Prevention
Because of lack of knowledge about the cause, risk factors and which environmental factors affect the development of MCS, it is not possible to make a targeted prevention effort towards MCS.

The Danish Research Centre for Chemical Sensitivities | Ledreborg Allé 40, 2 | DK-2820 Gentofte | Phone + 45 39 77 73 04 | Last updated 23.10.12 | Contact web editor
The Research Centre is funded by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and is a part of the Department of Dermato-Allergology at Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte