Environmental Illness: Evaluating Your Home or Workplace
If you think you are being exposed to toxins, allergens, or other materials that are affecting your health, consider the following questions about your home and workplace. Write detailed answers to the questions, and discuss them with your doctor.
Do you work or live around any of the following?
Have you been exposed to any of the above in the past?
Does anyone in your household come in contact with metals, dust, fibers, chemicals, fumes, radiation, or biological materials?
Do you know what kinds of metals, fibers, chemicals, fumes, or radiation you were exposed to? Did any of the materials get on your skin or clothing?
Are your work clothes washed at home?
Can you smell any of the chemicals or materials you work with at your job? Do you need to use protective equipment, such as gloves or masks?
Do you wash your hands with solvents?
Do you smoke or eat in your workplace?
Are any of your coworkers or family members experiencing unusual symptoms?
Have any pets had a change in health or behavior?
Do your symptoms get better or worse at home, at work, on weekends, or while on vacation?
Is your workplace poorly ventilated?
Questions about your home environment
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