Sick House Syndrome

Sick House Syndrome

The World Health Organization (WHO) coined the term “Sick House Syndrome” in 1986, estimating that 10-30% of new or remodeled buildings globally receive excessive complaints related to poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

SHS has now come to define the concept an occupant experiencing acute health effects and comfort issues attributed to spending time in a building without identifying a specific cause or illness.

Symptoms can include headache, dry cough, itchy skin, dizziness and nausea, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to odors as well as eye, nose or throat irritation. The causes of the symptoms remain unclear.

Your home & indoor air pollution 

Air pollution is commonly associated with car emissions or industrial plants, but the air inside our homes is often far more polluted than the outdoor air. Given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of that spent at home, a sick house can have detrimental effects on occupant health.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental health risks to the public. According to reports from WHO, 4.3 million people die each year from exposure to household air pollution.

Know the contaminants in your home

Several common contaminants and toxins contribute to a sick house:

Radon and asbestos are left off the contaminant list because SHS is associated with acute or immediate health problems, whereas radon and asbestos cause long-term diseases that may not manifest for years after original exposure. Despite their absence from the SHS contaminant list, both should be included in any comprehensive indoor air quality testing.

Is Your Home Sick?

Your home contains a host of materials and products that could be adversely impacting your health. If you experience symptoms from an unknown cause but find relief soon after leaving your house, it is likely you are suffering from SHS. If you suffer from or are concerned about the following and suspect Sick House Syndrome, now’s the time to act:

  • Mystery symptoms like headaches, dizziness, rashes, etc.
  • Respiratory/lung issues; COPD
  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Cancer

Sick House Syndrome

The World Health Organization (WHO) coined the term “Sick House Syndrome” in 1986, estimating that 10-30% of new or remodeled buildings globally receive excessive complaints related to poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

SHS has now come to define the concept an occupant experiencing acute health effects and comfort issues attributed to spending time in a building without identifying a specific cause or illness.

Symptoms can include headache, dry cough, itchy skin, dizziness and nausea, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to odors as well as eye, nose or throat irritation. The causes of the symptoms remain unclear.

Your home & indoor air pollution 

Air pollution is commonly associated with car emissions or industrial plants, but the air inside our homes is often far more polluted than the outdoor air. Given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, and 65% of that spent at home, a sick house can have detrimental effects on occupant health.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution among the top five environmental health risks to the public. According to reports from WHO, 4.3 million people die each year from exposure to household air pollution.

Know the contaminants in your home

Several common contaminants and toxins contribute to a sick house:

Radon and asbestos are left off the contaminant list because SHS is associated with acute or immediate health problems, whereas radon and asbestos cause long-term diseases that may not manifest for years after original exposure. Despite their absence from the SHS contaminant list, both should be included in any comprehensive indoor air quality testing.

Is Your Home Sick?

Your home contains a host of materials and products that could be adversely impacting your health. If you experience symptoms from an unknown cause but find relief soon after leaving your house, it is likely you are suffering from SHS. If you suffer from or are concerned about the following and suspect Sick House Syndrome, now’s the time to act:

  • Mystery symptoms like headaches, dizziness, rashes, etc.
  • Respiratory/lung issues; COPD
  • Immunodeficiencies
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Cancer

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