Wood smoke and MCS

Dear Dr. Rea, We have worked very hard to make our home as mold and chemically free as possible. We live in a state where people burn wood for heat. All of our neighbors do. Some wood smoke does make it into our house even after extensive sealing. We have Austin air...

Lung issues with MCS

Dear Dr. Rea, I have severe MCS, right bundle branch block and a breathing problem. Three CAT scans over several months have shown a very small nodule and tree in bud inflammation in both lungs unchanged. Overnight oxymetry test shows oxygen level dropped below 87/88...

Testing the air at my workplace

Dear Dr. Rea, I am an occupational therapist working in the NHS in the UK part time. I have great managers who accept that I have chemical sensitivity and have done all that they can to help me continue working. In the last year due to financial constraints we have...

Is oxygen therapy dangerous?

Dear Dr. Rea, I am currently using six liters of oxygen a minute through a tygon tube that is 1/4 inch in diameter with a ceramic face mask. Is this dangerous? Is it possible to over-inflate my air sacs and give myself emphysema? Also, I use the oxygen tank to add...

Mask for asthma and MCS

Dear Dr. Rea, I get asthma outdoors due to small particle pollution. What type of mask should I wear that will protect me from asthma and MCS? Dr. Rea’s response: Silk or cotton with charcoal…dependent upon your sensitivity. William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S.,...