In lieu of MCS Awareness Month, we’re going to be looking at how MCS affects specific professions and people. First, we’ll take a look at our future: students.

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Going to school is often hard enough (homework, bullies, sports, tests) without a medical problem that many people often don’t understand. Students of all ages can and do suffer from MCS, and their needs are often left unattended to in academic institutions.

Teachers and parents of MCS students must learn to understand that exposure to various chemicals and substances could potentially cause a severe allergic reaction. From particles in the air to liquid substances or simple contact with the skin, an MCS student might be in danger and suffering in each scholarly environment he’s placed in.

Because of this, MCS students tend to miss a great deal of school days from illness due to chemical exposures.

How can you keep your child/student at the desk instead of at home in bed?

As a teacher there are definitely measures you can take towards improving the academic career of your MCS student. First, you can speak to your principal and board of directors about an in-room air purifier suitable for the MCS student. Remember that carbon can be an irritant for MCS sufferers, so the student must undergo testing before the correct unit is chosen.

Art and science MCS students face entirely different challenges as they are faced with various chemicals and solvents (airborne and not) on a daily basis. Direct fume extraction air purifiers must be put in place to ensure proper ventilation if an MCS student is to attend laboratories and classes where chemical substances will be handled.

Sitting near an open window is just not good enough for an MCS student and more active measures must be taken to eleviate the suffering and allow the student to participate properly in classroom activities.

As a parent you have to be aware of your child’s physical needs and complaints. Has your child been complaining of a sore throat, trouble breathing, rash, hives, or other allergic-reaction type symptoms? If this is the first time your child is experiencing symptoms of MCS, consult your family doctor about how to proceed. Causes and solid diagnoses of MCS are not concrete as of yet because of the nature of the disease, and because it is so different from person to person, however, if your child is missing school for symptoms that could be MCS-related, it’s time to visit the doctor.

Installing an air purification system at home could also help your child perform better at school. While the academic institution also needs to follow through and proper air filtration, it is important to keep your air at home just as clean. Electrocorp offers industrial-grade systems with medical-grade HEPA and activated carbon to ensure your child is breathing the freshest air possible while he sleeps and studies at home.

MCS is a serious disease and should not be taken lightly. Home schooling is always an option for severe sufferers of MCS, however, the integration into a school system with their peers is part of the scholarly experience and should not be taken away from a student simply because he/she suffers from MCS.

This is a disease that can be controlled, and if the appropriate people educate themselves and make themselves aware of the situation (teachers, parents), then students suffering from MCS can be integrated into the educational system just like any other student.