MCS Victims’ Struggles That Most Know Nothing of


For some, living during these times is very complicated and surprisingly dangerous. Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, formally known as MCS, is a condition that numerous people have been struggling with for decades. Sadly, it has reached a level where allergic reactions are leaving people with no choice but to live away from home. 

Studies show several people are living with MCS in the USA, a number that accounts for about 12% of the country’s population. It is associated with symptoms such as headache, body aches, nausea, or fatigue. MCS triggers get activated upon exposure to chemical compounds in a smaller quantity than the levels considered to be harmful.

Health experts are still debating if the condition is a disease or illness and how it’s treatment should be administered. Therefore, people exhibiting symptoms of MCS have only one option; to avoid regions and persons that can potentially trigger the allergic reactions. 

Speaking in Silence, Suffering in Numbers

Countless people over the years have spoken about their struggle with MCS. Unfortunately for some, contraction of the condition grew as they were living at the comfort of their houses. Specialists have not found the science behind the symptoms of MCS. 

Jill Iwaskow, one of the victims of the syndrome, said her problems started after the terrorist attacks in September 2001, popularly known as 9/11. She got affected by the cloud of dust covering the region she lived, causing some chemical reactions in her body. 

Doctors diagnosed several allergic reactions, although when she took the prescribed drugs, it got worse. The physicians said she had stress, chronic fatigue and thyroid problems. After numerous hospital visits, they advised her to seek help from psychiatrists. 

Many victims before got convinced MCS is a psychological condition. However, this proves to be false since the treatment that mental specialists have given made things worse. Moreover, chemically sensitive people now have to live in cars or in cabins far away to avoid people with certain perfumes and chemical-filled areas.

It is a sad situation for them to explain their discomfort around persons wearing cologne with chemical compounds that trigger allergies in people with MCS. 

Hope for the Sick

Fortunately, more people every day are getting familiar with the condition. Several support groups continue to get formed based on finding jobs and homes for people riddled with MCS. It is not a permanent solution to the problem though it will come a long way in helping the overwhelmed. 

Massachusetts Association for the Chemically Injured, Inc (MACI), is an example of a non-profit organization supporting people suffering from the syndrome with education and shelter. Such groups are a silver lining to the dark cloud for people like Jill Iwaskow.