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Air Purifiers for MCS
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Air Purifiers
If you suffer from illnesses as a result of even low-level exposure to household chemicals, fragrances, smoke, paints, plastics, etc., chances are you have already heard of and even self-identified with the Multiple Chemical Sensitivity diagnosis. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, or MCS, is a diagnostic label applied to people who “suffer multi-system illness as a result of contact with, or proximity to, a spectrum of substances, including airborne agents.” That's according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Some estimates say as many as 15% of Americans, or about 46 million people, suffer from elevated sensitivities to household chemicals and commercial products. Symptoms can include eye irritation, wheezing, fatigue, rhinitis, sore throat or cough, skin rashes and other symptoms.
The best strategy for treating MCS is to avoid the airborne contaminants and chemicals that trigger the illness and reactions. This approach can be complemented by the use of a high-efficiency air purifier that provides protection against airborne particles and also against gases, odors and chemicals in the air. Because indoor air pollution concentrations are typically much higher than outdoor air pollution levels, “air-filtration devices that remove both particulate and chemical substances from breathable indoor air usually benefit MCS patients considerably,” one leading medical expert concluded.
Reviewers rate IQAir air purifiers as the best systems available for MCS sufferers. Most other air purifiers simply are not effective enough to make a real difference in the quality of the air an MCS sufferer breathes. Equally important, IQAir does not use any technologies that add additional MCS triggers into the air, such as ozone or chemicals. And IQAir products are constructed of computer-grade ABS plastics that do not “off-gas” into the air.