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Life After Diagnosis Can Be Isolating For Those Battling Multiple Chemical Sensitivity

Monday 27 November 2017


From US newspaper the Las Cruces Sun-News:


Fred Neumann
Fred Neumann
(Photo: Josh Bachman/Sun-News)

Life after diagnosis can be isolating for those battling multiple chemical sensitivity

Cleaning products, perfumes and lotion must be avoided by those diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. For many, this means a life indoors.

By Diana Alba Soular, Las Cruces Sun-News
© 2017, All rights reserved.

For Las Crucen Fred Neumann, a retired Methodist pastor, everyday life is fraught with potential hazards. While his wife is busy watching their grandchild's sporting events, attending concerts and going to church, Neumann often must simply stay home, even though he'd like to go, too.

This is because Neumann can't be near household cleaners, perfume and cologne, scented lotions, cigarette smoke and a variety of other chemical-containing products. Just smelling them can spark an asthma attack, an episode of malaise or a temporary paralysis of his face.

"It's almost like being a leper in society," Neumann said. "You're basically an outcast."

He's been diagnosed with a condition called multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), which, as the name indicates, means he's extremely sensitive to chemicals.


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