What is environmental or ecological illness?

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People with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), also called environmental or ecological illness, have a chronic reaction to chemicals and irritants at levels regarded as safe for most people. MCS can be triggered by ingredients in cosmetics, perfumes, newsprint, diesel fuel, solvent vapors, mattresses or other fabrics treated with flame retardant, pressboards, pesticides, molds, and permanent-press finishes. Symptoms can include lack of coordination, abnormal reflexes, vision and hearing disorders, memory loss, convulsions, and other problems.

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Environmental Allergies

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With environmental allergies, reducing your exposure to whatever is irritating you is key. Some people are allergic to household cleaners such as laundry detergent, hence the many varieties of mild detergent. With common irritants ...

like mold and dust, a cleaning routine can help. Reduce mold by removing houseplants, using a dehumidifier, avoiding carpet in the bathroom and cleaning indoor trash cans and shower curtains with a mix of water and chlorine bleach. Reduce dust by replacing carpets with wood or linoleum, removing drapes and feather pillows, regularly vacuuming soft furniture and floors, and washing bedding weekly.
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