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Are You a Victim of Sick Building Syndrome?
You may be wondering if this is a made up term or if it’s real, but believe me, it is very real. Health issues and syndromes may be caused by buildings.
Buildings, such as homes, schools, churches and offices can become toxic, and cause what is called Sick Building Syndrome or SBS. SBS is an environmental illness or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity manifested by a variety of symptoms in people who inhabit these spaces.
Symptoms of SBS
- Dry, itchy skin
- Irritation in eyes, nose and throat
You can see by the types of symptoms, it can be difficult to diagnose this syndrome, but one thing that can give you a hint into what the problem might be is if after leaving a building, you get relief.
Causes for Building Toxicity:
- Chemical contaminants which could be anything from vehicle exhaust to adhesives for upholstery, cleaning agents or pesticides.
- Biological contaminants such as pollen, viruses, bacteria or mold.
Mold is everywhere around us, it’s part of our natural environment, but when it takes hold and grows uninhibited in the spaces we “live” in, it can cause many health issues, even more than the ones listed above.
Interesting Facts About Mold
- Mold has been known to cause over 30 types of health problems.
- Penicillin is created by purified mold.
- Mold is the great wood destroyer: It destroys more each year than the combined destruction of fire, termites or floods.
- Mold can survive and thrive on just about any surface.
- People who suffer with chronic sinus infections are usually exposed to mold growth.
- Mold likes dark, damp humid areas for growth.
With the knowledge that approximately 50% of homes in the United States are affected by mold, it stands to reason that many of us could face the possibility of being exposed to mold and the risk of Sick Building Syndrome.
If you or someone you know is experiencing unexplainable symptoms such as the ones mentioned above, you should have your home, or possibly another building where you spend a great deal of your time, inspected.
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