What is Aerotoxic Syndrome and did it happen on your flight?
You have symptoms during and after a flight and are not feeling well? You are even in pain - but your physician can not find a reason?
You could be suffering from an 'in-door' health issue similar to sick-building-syndrome: a chemical poisoning. If you have been on a flight or several flights recently, or if you are a professional crew member, you could be suffering from 'Aerotoxic Syndrome' after inhaling contaminated cabin air over a long period of time at so called 'low levels' , or just experienced a 'fume' event, which can be with visible fumes, mist, smoke or very strong, pungent, acrid or simply unpleasant odours/ smells.
Symptoms you may have:
- Extreme fatigue
- Concentration problems
- Word finding problems
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Breathing problems/ lung issues
- Sleep issues
- Itchiness/ rashes
- Vision problems (i.e. tunnel vision)
- Aching muscles (like when you have a flu)
- Joint pain
- Digestion issues
- Sudden allergies
- Sinus issues
- Nose bleeds
All of these symptoms or some of them, can lead to findings of organophosphates, kerosine fume components and pesticide chemicals = a poisoning. Organophosphates (OP) are neurotoxic agents contained in i.e. jet-engine oils, kerosine fumes, insecticides (spraying on board to certain destinations and residual spraying), hydraulic oils, flame retardants etc.
Crew and passengers, especially frequent flyers are constantly in danger of accumulating through inhalation, a slowly but surely lethal dose of these neurotoxic compounds in their system, which the body will deposit in so called 'storage organs' which are made up of fatty tissue (such as the brain, pancreas etc) . This can lead to constant uncomfortable symptoms and ill-health. Is this a new occupational disease? Read Aerotoxic Syndrome-a new occupational disease? published by WHO.
These toxins are particularly dangerous for babies, children and pregnant ladies.
For this to happen one does not need to be exposed to a visible 'fume event' during which you can see smoke-similar fumes in the cabin; but it can also happen by flying regularly over a longer period of time, during which you inhale with each breath you take many small doses of chemicals that seem to be present on practically every flight and are often described as smells like 'old, dirty socks' or 'wet dog', but also can smell 'electric' or acrid or pungent ... or not at all. Actually these 'smells/ odours' are the result from chemical reactions which actually contain neurotoxic and/or cancerogenous agents.
We here at GLOBAL AEROTOXIC TEAM, help to create awareness and if needed, give advise and support to crews and passengers.
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In the mean time, please consider protecting yourself and your family!
TIPS FLYING WITH PROTECTIVE MASKS / FLIEGEN MIT SCHUTZMASKE