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Managing MCS
Throat hoarseness and constriction with MCS
with William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.E.M.

environmental health

Dear Dr. Rea,
What causes your throat to go husky or hoarse upon exposures to chemicals? Is it dangerous? My glands also swell up and sometimes find it hard to swallow. Is this a sign of analyphlaxis and if so, what do you recommend?

Dr. Rea’s response:
It may be laryngeal edema, which could be dangerous if it progresses too far. You need to find the triggering agent, which is usually a food.

William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.E.M.
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  • rainbowstar

    October 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I wanted to add that this may not be the cause of a reaction in the throat to chemical irritants. From the sound of the question it most certainly is not.
    I had surgery to remove a cyst on my throat years ago. The area didn’t heal properly (on the inside), and became irritated when I later developed chemical sensitivities due to a workplace exposure. What I have observed is that the throat can become temporarily tense, sore and can even start to close or bleed when inhaling something bothersome in the air. My throat primarily gets tense, as I do not want to inhale the irritant.
    I have noticed that when I have a cold and I loose my sense of smell, I loose the reaction. This is not a black and white analysis, but I came to realize that my throat was reacting and causing the pain because I don’t want to inhale the chemicals/scents.
    This is not to say that I do not have MCS, but this is part of the way I react to exposures. I have friends who react completely differently. Psychologically I am afraid of scents, because they are indeed toxic, so my throat closes due to fear an irritation.
    Anyone’s throat would be irritated if they were, say, sprayed in the mouth with hairspray for example. Throat and glandular reactions are most certainly caused by chemical irritants.

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