managing the illness

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There is no cure for environmental sensitivities, but it is possible to minimize symptoms. What is the key? To avoid all kinds of contaminants and triggers

as much as possible. Reducing exposure to actual and potential triggers lessens symptoms. Studies show that early diagnosis combined with immediate reduction in exposure to triggers is associated with better outcomes. In this way, many people have been able to regain a level of tolerance to ambient contaminants, bringing about an improvement in their quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

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Environmental groups and associations addressing environmental illnesses have made much information available on products to avoid and alternative solutions. There are resources intended specifically to

better manage environmental sensitivities such as, a diary to record expo- sures and symptoms, templates for letters requesting accommodation, examples of fragrance-free policies and advice on how to adapt one’s daily life to the constraints imposed by this condition.

Please refer to the tool kit and useful links available on this site.

Share you resources!

Persons suffering from environmental sensitivities generally have a vast amount of information as far as the resources available in the region.
Do you know understanding professionals who are aware of ES and can provide accommodation? The best places to buy healthy products or where to get services? Why not share your information?


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Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec
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Translation from French to English has been made possible in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage and ASEQ-EHAQgovcan-e-col