The sick building syndrome (SBS) is used to describe a situation in which the occupants of a building experience acute health- or comfort-related effects that seem to be linked directly to the time spent in the building.
The sick building syndrome comprises of various nonspecific symptoms that occur in the occupants of a building. This feeling of ill health increases sickness absenteeism and causes a decrease in productivity of the workers.
SBS usually results in symptoms such as watery and red eyes, runny or stuffy nose, and throat irritation, stuffiness, rash, and headaches, dizziness, nausea, dry cough, dry or itching skin, difficulty in concentration, fatigue, sensitivity to odors, hoarseness of voice, allergies, cold, flu-like symptoms, increased incidence of asthma attacks and personality changes. In severe cases, SBS can cause heart palpitations, miscarriages, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, chronic fatigue, mental fogginess, tremors, and swelling of legs or ankles. The telling factor is if the symptoms ease when workers are at home or on vacation.
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