Steps to control odors
Health experts say maintaining optimal indoor air quality is essential for managing MCS symptoms, because chemicals and odors are concentrated indoors.
Here a few tips for controlling indoor chemical exposure:
- Control the source. Identify the source of an odor and remove it. For example, gasoline and kerosene fuel and equipment should be stored in an outside shed or garage.
- Increase ventilation. Opening a window to provide ventilation will help. Schedule interior painting for warm months when windows can be left open.
- Avoid air fresheners. Do not cover-up odors with scented candles or air fresheners. Many of these contain chemicals that are toxic to everyone in the home, not just MCS sufferers.
- Use an effective air purifier. Air purifiers that effectively filter chemicals from the air can help MCS patients. Air cleaners must be able to control a wide range of chemicals and must not themselves be a source of chemical contamination. Reviewers rate IQAir air purifiers as the best systems available for MCS sufferers.