Sick Building Syndrome
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a combination of conditions associated with a specific building. Most people think that this syndrome only affects office buildings, which is not true. Residential housing can also have this affect on human health. The reason this condition is mostly thought of as an office-related problem, is because of additional negative health effects caused by office equipment, stress, pressure, etc.
SBS symptoms don’t identify a specific cause or illness. The problems can be localized in a particular room or spread throughout the entire building. SBS symptoms usually disappear after the sufferer leaves the building, or shortly after that.
Building Related Illness
Building Related Illness (BRI) is a similar situation to SBS, but the health problems can be clearly identified with a specific condition and pollution source. Besides, BRI sufferers usually experience stronger and longer negative effects on their health than SBS sufferers even after leaving the building.
Symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome and Building Related Illness
SBS and BRI have very similar symptoms, only BRI tends to manifest in a stronger and longer way.
SBS symptoms include: irritation of the eyes, nose, throat; dry and irritated skin; neurotoxic or general health problems; nonspecific hypersensitivity reactions; odor and taste sensitivity; chest tightness; cough; headache; dizziness and nausea; fatigue.
BRI symptoms include: cough; chest tightness; chills; fever; muscle aches; headache; dizziness and nausea and others.