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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity/Volatile Organic Compounds

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a common threat in households where there are high amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  However, even low amounts of these chemicals can trigger various symptoms. VOCs are released from many items that are common in a home or office, such as paint, household cleaners, printers, copy machines, new carpet or furniture, and tobacco smoke. Gas fumes can also enter the home through an attached garage. They are very dangerous and can lead to certain cancers in humans and animals. The air purifiers on this page will remove these airborne particles from your home.

MCS in the Home

Most people think of their home as a sterile environment, so they are surprised when they develop multiple chemical sensitivity. This condition is quite common, and those who have it want to find ways to relieve the symptoms. This sensitivity is caused by numerous volatile organic compounds and other pollutants found in the home. As these chemicals are in ample supply in each and every household, avoidance is not possible. Due to the variable nature of MCS from one person to another, traditional medicine and treatment is not an option. The patient is simply told to avoid the triggers, and, to do so, must keep a clean and contaminant free home.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Symptoms

Those who do suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity will find that there are many symptoms associated with this, such as burning and stinging of the eyes and nose, breathing difficulties, headaches, dizziness, and skin rashes. There are several types of air purifiers which can be used in the home for this purpose. A carbon filter air purifier is the best solution, as it allows the chemicals to be trapped inside, releasing good air into the home. Our Austin Air line uses a True Medical HEPA filter surrounded by a layer of activated Carbon, this insures the removal of 99.97% of airborne chemicals and pollutants. Your best choice would be the Healthmate Plus, which utilizes a very large activated Carbon filter. The larger the filter, the more chemicals it can trap. The filter is also treated with Potassium Iodide, which allows for a broader range of chemicals to be removed.

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