Common Chemical Sensitivities

The following is a list of common chemical sensitivities. The possible triggers is a vast area to cover. This list is by no means complete.

Most people who have a chemical sensitivity do not have just one sensitivity, but usually have several. For that reason, a person who has many sensitivities is said to have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity).




Chemical Sensitivity Triggers

  • Flour improvers
  • Food Additives and Preservatives (Sulfites, Benzoates, Sorbates, Artificial food colorings, artificial flavorings, artifical sweeteners, flavor enhancers (MSG), antioxidants, Nitrates, Proprionates, Gums (Xanthum, Guar, etc.))
  • Sugar Substitutes
  • Perfumes (benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, a-pinene, g-terpinene, a-terpineol)
  • Personal Care Products and Cosmetics (sodium lauryl sulfate, acetone, cocoamide DEA, benzaldehyde)
  • Jewelry
  • Cleaning Products
  • Carpet and Furniture Treatments
  • Clothing Treatments (Flame retardants)
  • Laundry Detergents/Treatments
  • Chlorine
  • Diesel, Gasoline
  • Paint, Paint Fumes, Paint Thinner
  • Petrol
  • Pesticides (DDT, chlordane, lindane, dieldren)
  • Solvents
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Vehicle Exhaust (carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, polycyclic hydrocarbons)
  • VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) (acetone, toluene, xylene, formaldehyde, benzene derivatives)

                         For a more exhaustive list: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Triggers


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Disclaimer:  The information provided here is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment or prescription for any disease.  The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Please consult with a licensed health care practitioner if you are dealing with a serious disease or illness.



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