Ever walked into a building and was met with a depressing atmosphere, or felt free after you walked out of a building, then you know what a sick building is.
The sick building syndrome is a form of sickness you can place in the same group as the home sickness — feeling sick after leaving home, families and neighbours for a period of time. So the sick building syndrome might really be a real sickness because it is actually a toxic effect on humans. It is a situation in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified.
Sick Building Syndrome is experienced by spending long periods of time in poorly ventilated buildings that contains chemical or biological contaminants from indoor or outdoor sources. The contaminants can result from the presence of synthetic materials; dust, smoke and fumes; paints; household cleaners and outdoor chemicals, such as vehicle exhaust, which are often brought into the building through heating and air conditioning systems.
Common symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome include headache, dizziness, concentration difficulties, irritated throat, itchy eyes and nose, nausea and fatigue.
What to do
If you think that your home may be a carrier of Sick Building Syndrome, then take action. Along with treating your recurring symptoms, you need to improve the quality of air in your home or office. Once your building stops giving off these toxins, then your symptoms should not occur even when you’re in the house.
Nature has very powerful tools to clean the air. So if you think your home or office is sick i.e a carrier of Sick Building Syndrome, open up your windows and doors and let nature work it wonders. An important but still largely unappreciated natural alternatives for air fresheners, cleansers and other chemicals used to cleanse the home and make indoor air fresh is plants and their associated soil microorganisms.
Plants not only produce oxygen, but the soil microorganisms degrade many airborne pollutants. It is recommended that one plant be used per 100 square feet of living area. As noted by B. C. Wolverton, “The ultimate solution to the indoor air pollution problem must involve plants, the plant soils and their associated microorganisms.” Soil microorganisms, especially in association with plants, can help keep air in closed environments fresher and more healthful.
Preventive measures such as replacement of water-stained ceiling tiles and carpeting, proper and frequent maintenance of Heating or AC systems, and regular vacuuming to collect dust-like particles should also be put in place.