Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

Like with the case of dustmites, it is the ‘sealing’ from the modernisation process that has contributed to the increase in the levels of chemical residues originating from cookers, cleaning agents, airfeshners, fabric conditioners and cigarette smoke.

Couple this with the chemicals from man made materials and poor ventilation and it can be understood why cases of asthma have doubled in the last ten years.

This increase in concentrations of chemical residues has had a knock on effect on the body’s immune system. The body’s system has become sensitized to normally harmless products, resulting in a range of disorders from asthma and other respiratory disorders, to skin irritation, nausea, coughing and headaches.

What can you do? – Where possible the best precaution is to avoid these situations or use of chemical agents. In practice this may be very difficult to do. An alternative to the above, if unavoidable, is to wear the Respro® Allergy™mask which can effectively filter out these particulates and chemicals. (The Respro® Allergy™mask is only fitted with a particulate filter as standard)

The British Allergy Foundation suggest along with other measures, that face masks (like those worn by cyclists) are effective for trapping spores before they are breathed in.

For more information, click on our mask e-catalogue .

For more information: Respro® Allergy™ Mask

22 Responses to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)

  1. gaidheal says:

    Hello RESPRO

    I have MCS but to the point I cant use the charcoal filters…so which one do YOU recommend for my MCS and allergies…I walk a lot

    • Hi,

      For us to assist you, we will need to understand what it is about charcoal that you cannot use.

      Team Respro®
      customerservices@respro.com

      • gaidheal says:

        Hiya Team Respro….awesome masks … thanks for getting back to me so soon ! Great question … I dont know..all I know is I had a med air purifier and got sicker so my specialist for MCS said its the charcoal..of course…so whats the charcoal in those allergen air machines…I was symptomatic with sweats and breathing issues but not when I took the charcoal out I gave to another respro fan..

    • gaidheal mcintyre says:

      Hiya RESPRO Still waiting for a response…I know you guys are crazy busy…. can you tell me what I can use if I cant use the charcoal filter… also where in Canada Atlantic Provinces can I purchase a mask its so hard to find anyone over here…I have MCS I need highest filters but the charcoal filters made me sick when I had a house medical filter machine… and took the filters out the MSC mask for the one I bought here that wasnt RESPRO because it was making me ill perhaps yours is different? I would like a blue one :)

  2. Anamarys Jaen says:

    Hi, how can I know the proper mask size to order? I need an allergic+chemical filter combo

    • Hi,

      PERSONAL SIZING
      http://respro.com/pg/faqs/mask-sizing-guide

      It is important that a mask fits correctly otherwise air will just pass through the gaps and not function how it is intended. Even if it has the best filter; if it is a poor fit it will reduce its ability to filter out the pollutants.

      If you do use our website service, we strongly recommend that you send in your details to confirm your sizing. We ask this so that we can ensure you have the correct size and that the mask will be of benefit to you or those who are using it. It is also important for any sizing issues that may arise so we are able to assess and resolve any problems.

      Our policy on returns:
      If we have advised you of the size for your mask and it is subsequently found to be an incorrect size, then we will exchange the mask.

      Please see the following link for sizing assistance and supply the following measurements so we can confirm your size: http://respro.com/pg/faqs/mask-sizing-guide

      Height:

      Weight:

      Neck size:

      Head size:

      Eye to chin length:

      Height:
      (most people know their height)

      Weight:
      (most people know their weight)

      Neck Size:
      Using piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the neck. use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the neck circumference. Easier still check your shirt size.

      Head size (AKA Hat Size):
      Using piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the head. use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the head or hat size circumference.

      Eye to Chin: REALLY IMPORTANT
      Take a piece of string and place it between the eyes on the top of the nose bridge, run the string over the tip of your nose and down to just under the chin. This is the eye to chin length. Please note the curved line and the point to point distance. If you are in doubt then a Passport image would also be useful.

      Please use the illustrations to accurately provide your biometrics. http://respro.com/pg/faqs/mask-sizing-guide

      I look forward to receiving your information and confirming your size.

      Respro® UK Customer Services

  3. Anamarys Jaen says:

    Hi, I would like to order the combo allergy mask plus chemical particle filter. My thing is a recipe for disaster. I’m allergic, live near chemical factories, work with lots of chemicals…but what is driving me crazy are people’s perfumes. I have developed mcs and can’t stand them anymore. Besides, I’m high sensitive people (odors, lights, noises).
    Regarding the mask, how can I know the proper size? I’m 1.60, and my face is rather small, but I don’t know if Small will be ok, since I wear Medium in clothes. Please answer, I’m desperate

    • Hi,

      PERSONAL SIZING
      http://respro.com/pg/faqs/mask-sizing-guide

      It is important that a mask fits correctly otherwise air will just pass through the gaps and not function how it is intended. Even if it has the best filter; if it is a poor fit it will reduce its ability to filter out the pollutants.

      If you do use our website service, we strongly recommend that you send in your details to confirm your sizing. We ask this so that we can ensure you have the correct size and that the mask will be of benefit to you or those who are using it. It is also important for any sizing issues that may arise so we are able to assess and resolve any problems.

      Our policy on returns:
      If we have advised you of the size for your mask and it is subsequently found to be an incorrect size, then we will exchange the mask.

      Please see the following link for sizing assistance and supply the following measurements so we can confirm your size: http://respro.com/pg/faqs/mask-sizing-guide

      Height:

      Weight:

      Neck size:

      Head size:

      Eye to chin length:

      Height:
      (most people know their height)

      Weight:
      (most people know their weight)

      Neck Size:
      Using piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the neck. use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the neck circumference. Easier still check your shirt size.

      Head size (AKA Hat Size):
      Using piece of cotton or string, measure the circumference around the head. use a ruler to determine the length of string. This is the head or hat size circumference.

      Eye to Chin: REALLY IMPORTANT
      Take a piece of string and place it between the eyes on the top of the nose bridge, run the string over the tip of your nose and down to just under the chin. This is the eye to chin length. Please note the curved line and the point to point distance. If you are in doubt then a Passport image would also be useful.

      Please use the illustrations to accurately provide your biometrics. http://respro.com/pg/faqs/mask-sizing-guide

      I look forward to receiving your information and confirming your size.

      • Anamarys Jaen says:

        Hello, I scrolled through the faq’s and found the sizing info, and sent my measurements yesterday. Just that didn’t see the images until now, and don’t understand what do the guide means by “stone”? Anyways I think my sizing would be Small. Please let me know if you received my email. Thank you so much

  4. David McCabe says:

    Filters for particulates don’t seem sufficient for chemical sensitivity as these vapours will be composed of molecules.

  5. Kiara says:

    My husband had mcs and hi is in stage 3. He cant go outside without a mask. We are looking for a new mask that no have any smells like new because he react to the smell like new. He buy a mask with filter and no works for him because the mask smell like new. Smell like a new car tire😒. I wash the mask with vinager and baking soda and its better the smell but smell a little bit is frustated. What do you recomment me

    • Hi Kiara,
      What mask model does he have? Have you an image?

      Team Respro®
      http://respro.com/pg/contact-us

    • prue says:

      did you get a response from this company? im trying to get a mask that doesnt stink too! i think all of thier masks are soft plastics which i cant tollerate.
      thanks.
      Prue

      • Hi Prue,

        We try to resolve as many potential issues in the manufacturing process that will not have an adverse affect on any individual with any form of MCS or any other sensitivity, however there is no guarantee as MCS is a catch all terms for an infinite number of agents that could cause issues.

        We differentiate mask use primarily into two camps. The first camp being users who do not have a respiratory problem but want to minimize exposure to pollution and those who have a respiratory disorder and are looking for a solution that will assist them in minimizing the resultant physiological effects of exposure to pollution/ chemical agents. You fall into the second camp and we would recommend the Respro® Allergy mask.

        The Allergy mask uses an air permeable material which is good for facial ventilation and comfort. It comes fitted with a Hepa-Type filter which is great for filtration of respirable dusts like PM 2.5 and has little restriction to breathing when worn. For yourself and the issue with chemical agents, we suggest using a ‘combination’ filter like the chemical particle filter, which can be retro-fitted into your Allergy mask. The Allergy mask is available as a combo kit (Allergy mask and chemical particle filter pack) offering a significant saving if the two items were to be purchased together.

        The Respro® Allergy mask is made up of the following materials:

        MASK SHELL: POLYESTER
        FILTER: POLYPROPYLENE
        VALVES: POLYPROPYLENE
        DIAPHRAGMS: MEDICAL GRADE SILICON RUBBER
        BADGE: TPE
        NOSE CLIP: METAL (POWDER COATED)
        VELCRO PATCH: POLYESTER

        A combination filter has both a Hepa-type filter layer and a DACC layer. This combination of Hepa-type filter layer and DACC in one single filter provides submicron (smaller than PM 2.5) particle filtering capability, together with DACC capability for filtering gases vapours and fumes

        The usable lifespan of the ‘Combination’ filter is based on the characteristics of the active urban cyclist. As you are using the mask for another activity, it still applies, but your breathing rate and activity would put the lifespan of the filter at a proportionally shorter or longer time. If your breathing rate is say half that of a cyclist then the effectiveness of the filter would be twice as long. For cycle commuting on a daily basis we recommend that the filter should be replaced every month or every 69 hours, whichever is sooner.

        Hope this helps!

        Best regards,
        Team Respro®

    • Lauren says:

      Kiara,

      Respro Masks are great for low level MCS & helped me immensely until mine got severe. It sounds like he needs the silicone half face mask respirator with P100 filters. Getting one changed my life. I stoped having as many severe loss of consciousness episodes in the car & it greatly reduces my exposures when I have to go out. Good luck!

  6. Heather says:

    Hello. I recently discovered that I now get anaphylactic reactions to some scented products and sprays. I understand that the reaction is more to do with the chemical components in some products. I have read entry started using the Techno mask and it is very effective so far as I can tell. However I do a lot of cardio at the local gym and find it very hot and the neoprene gets gross after a while (I also have a latex allergy I need to avoid). Would the allergy mask be a better solution and which filter would I need?

  7. Kathy says:

    Do these mask have a charcoal filter? I have MCS really bad. When out in public I can smell deodorant, perfumes and laundry detergent on people that inflame my airways bad. Will your mask cut down or stop the smells? I know the chemicals can not get into them but how about the smells?

    • Hi Kathy,

      We differentiate mask use into two camps. The first camp being users who do not have a respiratory problem but want to minimize exposure to pollution and those who have a respiratory disorder and are looking for a solution that will assist them in minimizing the resultant physiological effects of exposure, in your case to various chemicals and particulates both inside and outside in the environment. You fall into the second camp and we would recommend the Respro® Allergy mask with a chemical/particle ‘combination’ filter (available as a combo here http://respro.com/store/product/allergy-mask-chemical-particle-filter-combo) The mask comes complete and ready to use. the Allergy mask is not made from neoprene and is air permeable for easy of use and comfort.

      You can use the Chemical particle filter with the Allergy mask. http://respro.com/store/product/allergy-chemical-particle-filter-twin-pack

      The mask as standard comes fitted with a particle filter.

      If you need any additional info or help I’m here.
      Best regards
      Harrison | Respro® UK Customer services

  8. Cynthia Viands says:

    Do u have a catalog

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