Diagnosing multiple chemical sensitivities

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A major challenge faced by people living with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) is the lack of a clear diagnosis. For many that are desperately ill, comprehensive medical testing may reveal nothing conclusive — leaving them and their doctors confused, frustrated, and questioning the legitimacy of the condition.

In the Australian state of NSW, 2.9% reported being medically diagnosed with MCS. Similar rates were reported in North America (2.5%) and Canada (2.4%). Many more cases of MCS are unknown, and given the loss of productivity and reduced quality-of-life associated with MCS, it’s evident that it warrants sincere investigation.

Immune dysfunction

Many symptoms of MCS indicate an inflammatory reaction. Common symptoms such as migraines and confusion, have been strongly linked to neuroinflammation. Flu-like symptoms such as runny nose and sore throat, angio-oedema, dermatitis and gastritis are well-defined inflammatory reactions. IBS, a potentially disabling symptom of MCS, has been reported to arise from low-grade inflammation. In another study, pro-inflammatory cells were observed to influence symptoms of anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction — symptoms commonly misdiagnosed as primarily a psychiatric disorder in individuals with MCS. Chronic fatigue is also a symptom of MCS, and long believed by researchers to be involved in chronic inflammation.

As several symptoms of MCS indicate immune dysfunction, comprehensive medical testing of inflammatory markers may support diagnosis and treatment. Under the guidance of medical professionals, individuals may benefit from trialling anti-inflammatory treatments, such as antihistamines, corticosteroids, and mast-cell stabilisers, to relieve the immune-mediated reactions.

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