Field study for sick houses: Relation between indoor air qualities and occupants health conditions

Hiroshi Yoshino, Kentaro Amano, Nozomu Iida, Kazuhiko Kakuta, Sachiko Hojo, Satoshi Ishikawa

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Abstract

In twenty-two houses in Sendai, where occupants were suspected of suffering from so-called, "Sick House Syndrome", indoor air qualities (IAQ) were investigated. The investigation included measurements for formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOC) concentrations, questionnaires regarding subjective symptoms, and a medical test for MCS by doctors. IAQ in some houses exceeded the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan. The relationship between the measurement results of indoor chemical substance concentrations and the subjective symptoms determined by the questionnaire suggested that the symptoms were more serious in houses having higher concentrations. On the other hand, however, there were some occupants documented to have very strong symptoms in low concentration houses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-200
Number of pages13
JournalNeuro-Ophthalmology Japan
Volume19
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jun 1

Keywords

  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sick house
  • Volatile organic compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology

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