Environmental Sensitivities services offered

If you develop symptoms in response to things that don’t bother others, like paint, clothes softeners, or new carpet, chances are you have an environmental sensitivity. At ANS Healing, Noosha Shambayati, NMD, specializes in identifying the cause of your environmental sensitivities, then creating an integrative wellness plan that restores your health. Don’t wait to seek help for symptoms that don’t improve. Call the office or request an appointment online today.

What are environmental sensitivities?

If you have an environmental sensitivity, your body reacts to chemicals, biological contaminants (like mold, mildew, and bacteria), and electromagnetic fields typically found in your daily world.

Many people have a physical response to unusually high levels of these substances, but they aren’t bothered by the typical environmental levels. People with an environmental sensitivity can’t tolerate the low levels typically present in their surroundings.

What substances cause environmental sensitivities?

The substances responsible for environmental sensitivities, such as air pollution and dust, may be free in the environment. However, the products commonly used in daily life contain a multitude of chemicals that can trigger sensitivities.

A few of the most common triggers include:

  • Scented products (shampoo, antiperspirant, clothes softeners, dryer sheets, etc.)
  • Cleaning products
  • Laundry detergents
  • Paints
  • Pesticides
  • Plastics
  • Additives
  • Diesel exhaust
  • Synthetic rubber (carpet backings)

You may be sensitive to more than one substance.

What symptoms do environmental sensitivities cause?

Environmental sensitivities may occur after one exposure or develop over time with frequent exposure to your irritating substance. Since these substances can affect any body system, you can experience a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Headaches
  • Watery, burning eyes
  • Congested or runny nose
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Skin rashes
  • Muscle aches
  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Indigestion and heartburn
  • Stomach and gastrointestinal problems

Environmental sensitivities often lead to chronic inflammation.

What is mast-cell activation syndrome (MCAS)?

Mast cells protect you from bacteria, viruses, and other substances your immune system identifies as harmful.

When mast cells encounter a harmful substance, they release biochemicals like histamine, triggering an inflammatory response (to fight the problem) and a range of symptoms. For example, the histamines released by mast cells cause allergy symptoms.

MCAS occurs when mast cells become hyperactive and frequently release their chemicals when they shouldn’t. Environmental irritants, allergens, and infections are just three problems that can cause MCAS.

How are environmental sensitivities managed?

Dr. Noosha creates a wellness plan based on your environmental triggers and overall health. She often begins with functional lab tests followed by a detox to clear toxins out of your system.

Your wellness plan may include herbal medicines, medical-grade supplements, dietary counseling, and hormone balancing, to name just a few possible therapies.

If you’re hypersensitive to things in your environment, call ANS Healing or request an appointment online today.