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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

How Is MCS Diagnosed and Treated? continued...

Some doctors prescribe antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as citalopram (Celexa), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paoxetine (Paxil), and fluoxetine (Prozac). Other people find that medicines for anxiety and sleep help. Treating specific symptoms, such as headaches, may also help.

People often find solutions on their own. Some learn from experience that certain foods or chemicals seem to make their symptoms worse. Avoiding those chemicals or foods may help. But going on very strict diets, rigorously avoiding exposure to allergens and pollutants, or quitting a job can be a big burden.

MCS and Working With a Doctor

There are no proven ways to determine or treat this illness. Before you spend time and money getting specialized treatment -- or working with an environmental contractor to renovate your house to remove possible triggers -- remember that there isn't good evidence that these approaches have medical benefits. Unproven treatments could do more harm than good.

You need to work with a doctor you trust. Both you and your doctor should be cautious but keep an open mind about all the possible causes of your symptoms and the many possible treatments. Working together, you can find a safe way to get relief from your symptoms.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 26, 2015
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