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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?
What are sick building syndrome symptoms and signs?
Proponents of the sick building syndrome agree that people considered to have the syndrome may exhibit any number of nonspecific symptoms that may be increased when the person is associated with certain buildings. The symptoms are as follows:
- Hoarseness or cough
- Muscle discomfort (stiffness, pain, cramps, aches)
- Skin rash
- Eye irritation
- Sore throat
- Swelling of legs, trunk, and/or ankles
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Cardiac arrhythmias
- Mental changes (problems with concentration, memory, moods)
There is no pattern or clear set of symptoms that fit criteria for a new syndrome in the opinion of many clinicians and investigators; these symptoms are often part of symptoms of many other diagnosable medical conditions.
How is sick building syndrome diagnosed?
The vast majority of clinicians, whether they agree or disagree that sick building syndrome exists as a medical entity, agree on one major point; there are no tests that can reliably diagnose the alleged sick building syndrome. However, there are tests for specific causes of illnesses that are related to the local environment. For example, tests for formaldehyde, radon gas, asbestos, lead, and other components such as black mold are available.