The multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) syndrome is a subjective illness that is triggered by repeated chemical exposures (usually odour). Studies point the causes at the following trigger chemicals (but not limited to):

  • Gasoline (petrol) or diesel fuel
  • Petroleum-based products, including petroleum jelly, tar, asphalt
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other agricultural chemicals
  • Industrial cleaning chemicals, such as dry cleaning fluid
  • Formaldehyde and aldehyde
  • Glues, varnishes, polishes, paints, solvents, paint thinners, and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)
  • Bleach, fabric softeners, wool-wash, and laundry detergents
  • Perfumes, lotion, after-shave lotion, nail polish, or skin care products
  • Air-fresheners, deodorizers and scented candles
  • Shampoos, hairsprays and hair care products
  • Dishwashing liquid and dishwasher detergent
  • Marking pens, such as highlighters

Symptoms often vary drastically due to lack of clearly defined criteria for this syndrome and also varies person to person. However, it is generally known that symptoms do occur more often and are more serious to women than men.

Specific symptoms include (in relation to the trigger) :

  • Petrol fumes: dizziness, nausea, headache.
  • Formaldehyde: stinging eyes & nose, breathlessness.
  • Paint fumes: headaches, flu-like symptoms, nausea.
  • Tap water: itching skin, eczema, breathlessness.
  • Magazines: breathlessness, wheezing.
  • Newspapers: breathlessness, headache.
  • Sugar: stomach ache, bloatedness, nausea.
  • Flour improvers: stomach pain, digestive upset.
  • Aspirin: wheezing, eczema, skin problems.
  • Tartrazine: wheezing, breathlessness, eczema.
  • Perfumes: asthma-like problems, skin problems.
  • Cosmetics: skin problems, breathlessness.
  • Cleaning products: wheezing, eczema, nausea.
  • Jewelry: skin irritation, itching.
  • Cigarette smoke: wheezing, headache, nausea.
  • Department stores: wheezing, stinging eyes, fatigue.
  • Electrical appliances: multiple problems.
  • Isocyanate: asthma-like, headache, nausea, eyes itch.
  • Furniture treatments: headaches, asthma-like symptoms.


One of the treatments for MCS is chemical and toxic avoidance, although this may seem very difficult and unpractical in today’s material-driven society, organic products definitely began to ease the chemical burden on people who suffer from MCS. Additionally, since many individuals who suffer MCS shows similar symptoms to chronic depression and anxiety disorders, psychotherapy has shown to be somewhat effective.

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