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Monday, May 2, 2011

BUILDING SICKNESS SYNDROME

This benign syndrome occurs in workers in modern air conditioned offices.
The cause are unknown, but relevant factors may include fluctuating temperatures. possibly variations in humidity, the cycling flashing of fluorescent lights, low levels of volatile organic chemicals such as formaldehyde or solvents, and psychological factors.
Clinical features
There are various combinations of itching, burning and discomfort of the eyes, nasal stuffiness, discomfort in throat, headcahe, dryness of the skin and lethargy. Symptoms are worse in the second half of the working shift, and towards the end of the week, and are more common in females. They resolve rapidly on leaving the building
Management
No specific treatment is required, though alterations in the office environment may be helpful. Contamination of air-conditioning systems have also occasionally been associated with asthma, humidifier fever, extrinsic allergic alveolitis, and some infections, notably legionnaires disease. These are not generally classified as building sickness syndrome.

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