An Invisible Disability: Environmental Sensitivities

Skin flushing, wheezing, headaches or blurred visions are a few symptoms for people suffering of environmental sensitivities. Even there is not a specific definition for environmental sensitivities, this can be describe as adverse reactions for some people to perfumes, fabric softeners, dust, mold etc.

These sensitivities can develop suddenly after exposure, or in an isolated environmental incident.

Physical Symptoms

Persons with environmental sensitivities may experience a number of symptoms:

a)     Headaches
b)    Heightened sense of smell
c)     Difficulty in remembering or concentrating
d)    Stuffy nose and blocked ears
e)     Lack of balance
f)      Coughing or shortness of breath
g)     Blurred vision
h)    Fatigue, lethargy
i)       Muscle and joint pain
j)       Eczema, hives or flushing

What Is the Cause for these Symptoms?

Chemicals levels are responsible for causing adverse symptoms for persons with environmental sensitivities. These chemicals can be:

a)     Perfumes
b)    Paints, glues
c)     House cleaning products or detergents
d)    Carpet, furniture
e)     Smoke
f)      Molds
g)     Noise
h)    Video display screen

Not all the disabilities are physical condition that we can see. For environmental sensitivities you can see the symptoms, persons looks fine therefore is considered invisible disability.

Compare with allergies environmental sensitivities are different. Allergies trigger the immune system to produce antibodies targeted e specific allergen. For someone with environmental sensitivities antibody is not present in the body.

How to Prevent

You can take steps toward a chemical free-living style.

You can do little changes that will make a difference. Drink plenty of purified water to lower you exposure to contaminate water. Do physical exercise every day, this way you will eliminate your toxins. Consult your doctor about the possibilities of using cleansing methods as: herbs, diet plan, some supplements.

In additionally you can use mind-body exercise such as prayer and meditation to ease your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Tips to Reduce Environmental Sensitivities at Home, at Work and while Traveling

Home. Use biodegradable cleaning products; organic method for your garden instead of pesticides; avoid air-fresheners; let your shoes outside of your home.
Travel. Make sure your hotel is flagrance free; Have a room away of traffic, smoke aria; bring with you probiotic and vitamin C.
Work. Try to use natural light, as much as possible. Situate your workspace away from fax machines, photocopiers or printers to keep the noise and electromagnetic radiation away from you. Hang your jacket in a closet, away from a smoking area. Take short breaks during the day, and go out to have access to a fresh air.