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- What is sick building syndrome?
- Why is sick building syndrome controversial?
- What types of specialists treat sick building syndrome?
- What causes sick building syndrome?
- What are risk factors for sick building syndrome?
- What are sick building syndrome symptoms and signs?
- How is sick building syndrome diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for sick building syndrome?
- What are complications of sick building syndrome?
- What is the prognosis of sick building syndrome?
- Is there a way to prevent sick building syndrome?
Why is sick building syndrome controversial?
Sick building syndrome is controversial. Although many people and some clinicians believe there is a disease "syndrome" related to buildings and their internal environment, especially the indoor air quality, many other clinicians and medical organizations say there is no convincing clinical evidence that such a medical syndrome exists. The controversy exists because a number of people have a constellation of nonspecific symptoms that have no proven etiology (cause), yet believe they occur from sources inside building(s). Medical organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA) and many experts say without any defined symptoms and no convincing evidence of a given source or cause, no test to diagnose the syndrome, and no treatment for the syndrome, there is no such medical syndrome.
What types of specialists treat sick building syndrome?
Usually, if there is a problem with a building in which patients are becoming ill, the problems can be first referred to individuals in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or in some problems like Legionnaires' disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Primary-care physicians and pediatricians usually treat symptoms that are attributed to the air quality in buildings, but other specialists may become involved. For example, allergists, immunologists, specialized building inspectors, and others may be called in to help determine the cause of the problems and ways to solve them.