Most everyone I know carries a first aid kit in their car, in case of an emergency, and they tailor the items in their kits to their personal needs. People with MCS, or other forms of EI, should carry an MCS /EI emergency first aid kit, especially if you are mobile. You never know what you’ll be exposed to or when. Even though I consider myself to be completely recovered, I still carry an emergency kit with me at all times. My kit has also evolved and changed as my health improved. At this point in time what I carry is minimal, a small zippered pouch with supplements and homeopathics. What I have included below is from when my toxicity levels were extremely high.
I encourage you to talk with your healthcare practitioner to discuss options for homeopathics and/ or supplements before adding any of the products listed below. Your first aid kit should contain items that are well tolerated by you, so that you are prepared, should the need arise.
1. Always check your emergency kit before going anywhere so you are sure you have everything you may need.
2. Keep a note in your wallet or purse that describes your illness and reactions.
3. Have a list of all emergency contact information (doctor, friends, family, etc.)
4. Be sure the above items are easily accessible should you or someone else need them.
What’s in My Emergency Kit
Change of clothes-I keep a complete extra set of clothes in a sealed bag or container that has out gassed. This way if I get a chemical exposure and am too far from home I can go somewhere and change. This will prevent any chemicals on my clothes from being absorbed into my skin and out gassing into my car, on the drive home.
Empty Sealable Bag or Container-This is to put my “contaminated” clothes in, till they can be aired out at home and then washed.
Dry Wash Cloth in Sealed Bag or Container-If I have a bad chemical exposure in public, and need to change, I will wipe also down any exposed areas of skin with water, before changing into clean clothes and going home.
Mask-I still carry a mask with me. I wear it when gassing my car. Masks will minimize toxins you may breathe in while you are out in public. For more info on masks click here.
Gloves-I still wear gloves when pumping gas, just in case there’s anything on the handles. I’ve actually been surprised at the number of times I use a gas pump and it reeks of perfume from someone who used it before me.
Apis mellificia-This is a homeopathic remedy that I have used when my throat would swell. It is made with bee venom. Although I carried an Epi-Pen for anaphylactic reactions, I never had to use it, as this homeopathic remedy worked for me. DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER.
Serenaid-Although this is used for food reactions, I have found that for me it also works for chemical reactions. I used to take this 45 minutes before I went out somewhere that I knew had chemicals that would bother me, or after an unexpected exposure. DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER.
Ultra Potent C-My favorite product, flushes toxins from your body quickly, and for me stops brain fog in its tracks. DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER.
Cataplex B-I carry this for heart palpitations, it works every time. DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER.
Mullein Capsules-Available in most health food stores, this potent herb liquefies any mucous congestion in my lungs. DISCUSS WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER.
Water Bottle-I always carry water with me, especially helpful if I need to mix Ultra Potent C on the spot.
After an Exposure
Immediately Put Clothes in Washer-Upon returning home I will either leave my clothes to air outside (if they’re really bad) or immediately put them in the washing machine. Leaving them in the hamper will just allow them to out gas whatever noxious chemical is on them, into my house.
Shower-Immediately shower to wash off any residual chemicals and stop any further chemical absorption through the skin.
Take a Detox Bath-If I get a bad chemical exposure after being out, I take a detox bath to help lessen my bodies overall toxic load and minimize my chance of a reaction. Even though I consider myself completely healed I still try to take 3 detox baths a week.
Change Clothes– After my clothes are in the washer, I put on a clean set of clothes.
Schedule a Colonic-If the exposure was really bad I schedule a colonic ASAP. DISCUSS WITH YOUR PRACTITIONER.
Stay Home– After a bad exposure it’s important for your body to have some down time to recover. Stay home and relax for a few days. Do what you need to do to lower your toxicity level.
Eat Simply– After a bad exposure avoid any potential food allergens. Eat simple foods.