Are you affected when you smell strong fragrances or scents? Or maybe you feel overwhelmed when you smell something in the air that’s unfamiliar to you? Do you experience headaches, nausea, dizziness or even feelings of tiredness or fatigue when you get a whiff of certain chemicals? Then you might have MCS or multiple chemical sensitivity.
What is MCS?
But “what is MCS?” you might be asking. Well, MCS or multiple chemical sensitivity is often described as an unusually severe sensitivity or allergic reaction to many different kinds of pollutants. This is according to www.multiplechemicalsensitivity.org. These pollutants or odors can be a variety of smells such as perfumes, gasoline or petrol smells, chemical solvents, scented cleaner, tobacco smoke, asbestos, and even pesticides just to name a few. In some cases, MCS sufferers can also be triggered by pollen, pet fur, and dust mites as they may also contain chemical allergens.
How Do You Know If You or Someone Has MCS?
Symptoms for MCS can range from anything mild to severe reactions and they vary from person to person. This often makes the condition hard to recognize or diagnose. Some common symptoms include what look like allergies such as rashes, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and clogged sinuses.
In some cases, there can also be headaches and fatigue and even some difficulty breathing. However, some severe effects of MCS include asthma, memory loss, muscle aches, and even mental confusion. If left untreated, MCS can even progress to damaged immune systems and depletion in essential enzymes. Sadly, many doctors and health professionals disregard this condition and often attribute it to simple allergies or other common ailments. This is due to the lack of knowledge, research and overall awareness to this condition. This causes many to look for other practical ways to deal with their MCS problem.
Is there even treatment for MCS?
Yes! The good news is that MCS can be treated and managed if you have the tools. How do you ask? Well, first things first, we need to identify which pollutants, chemicals or scents trigger attacks in individuals. One way to do this is to remove all the pollutants and chemicals and then reintroduce one of them one by one. The chemical or chemicals that trigger an attack should be avoided at all costs to ensure we can minimize future attacks.
What if the chemical pollutant in my environment cannot be removed? What if my symptoms are stronger than in most cases? What then shall I do? Another way to deal with MCS, especially in these cases, is to join a support group online for MCS sufferers. There are many support groups online where people can share knowledge on how to deal and manage their symptoms so they can reduce attacks as well. These support groups also create awareness about the condition and some can even give practical tips on what they can do if they are triggered. Advocacy to reduce chemical fragrances and create awareness of the condition is really one of the reasons why Pure Non-Scents was created.
Companies like Pure Non-Scents advocate reducing smells and fragrances from the chemicals we use to reduce attacks from MCS sufferers. These companies are beginning to see the value of fragrance-free skincare and are excited to supply people with products people can use without the fear of suffering symptoms from MCS.
Our Role in the General Public
We are still far from where society needs us to be when it comes to addressing this condition, but we are making progress! We need to create more awareness of this condition and advocate the need to switch to scent-free and fragrance-free products. Not only do you reduce the chances of you being affected but you spare others from experiencing symptoms when you are out in public.
Understanding what MCS is and how it affects others will greatly reduce the symptoms and allow you to live a healthier life and live it to the fullest. And as more and more people become aware, companies like Pure Non-Scents will be there to provide the best solution for fragrance-free products for you and your family. So what are you waiting for? Find out more about Pure Non-Scents products and how they can deal with MCS!