Symptoms of Environmental Illnesses – How to Find Help

For the most part, people do not believe that their immune system can be affected by environmental factors like chemicals and pollution in any way. The only people who are not aware of this are the ones who suffer from the ill effects of environmental illnesses.

The term “environmental illness” refers to a variety of ailments which are triggered when the body’s natural defence systems are weakened due to exposure to toxins from the environment.

For those who live in cities, rural areas, or the suburbs where the air, water and food are contaminated by many chemical and organic pollutants, the syndrome referred to as environmental illnesses or multiple-drug sensitivity is a real medical disorder just as serious as arthritis or diabetes.

Symptoms of Environmental Illnesses

Even though most of us think that an environmental illness is caused by a change in diet, we need to recognize that these illnesses can also be caused by chemical agents and pesticides found in our homes and gardens.

These toxins enter our body through our food and through water and may have been sitting in our lungs for years before manifesting itself physically. With this said, there are some common indicators which indicate the onset of an environmental illness.

Some common environmental illnesses include

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive disorders
  • Depression
  • Poor memory
  • Skin conditions
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain
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If you think that your health may be affected by the environment, you should see your doctor right away to discuss your symptoms with him or her.

The reason why doctors are the best people to ask about the symptoms you may be having is because they specialize in providing treatment and diagnosis of illnesses. Therefore, they will have the best tools available to find the right treatment for your particular ailment.

Many times, doctors will look into your lifestyle to determine if there is anything that may be triggering your symptoms so they can rule out certain illnesses which are common environmental triggers.

They will also perform tests such as a blood test, urine test, and hair tests to rule out other possible illnesses that may be causing your symptoms as well.

In addition to your doctor, there are several websites on the Internet where you can search for information and resources regarding the symptoms and causes of environmental illnesses. These websites offer detailed descriptions of symptoms of the various diseases which are associated with the environment.

You may also learn what you can do to protect yourself from environmental diseases

When you think that you may be suffering from multiple-drug sensitivity, it’s important to contact your doctor right away so he or she can prescribe the right medication for your situation. There are different types of drugs used to treat patients with this specific type of illness.

Depending on the cause of your illness, your doctor will prescribe the right drug or combination of drugs to suit your needs. In some cases, the treatments used will depend on the extent of your condition.

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Symptoms of environmental illnesses usually last between two weeks to three months. For the most part, the medications used are antihistamines and steroid tablets which help you manage your symptoms. If your symptoms don’t go away after one or two weeks, you should contact your doctor immediately.

You should make sure to avoid substances that could affect your environment

For example, if you are exposed to asbestos for a long period of time, you may develop mesothelioma or lung cancer. These types of illnesses usually affect people who work in the construction industry.

To learn more about environmental illnesses, visit your local health care provider. He or she will be able to advise you on how to handle your specific case. He or she may prescribe drugs to help alleviate the symptoms as well as provide other tips and advice on managing your condition.

You should be aware that when you seek medical attention, it is usually your responsibility to inform him or her that you are experiencing symptoms. Natural methods of treating symptoms of an environmental illness are the best option. However, many people prefer to use medication.

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I am Adegboyega Tunde Temitayo. A registered Town Planner with the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC).

I love to think differently and possibly on various Urban and Regional Planning issues to proffer solutions to Urban and Rural Environmental Problems. You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel

As the Chief Editor of Town Planners Diary, I humbly welcome you to this platform which is about enhancing Planning Education through research on various Town Planning and Environmental issues.

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