Are you suffering from Aerotoxic Syndrome Symptoms?
Aerotoxic Syndrome is the umbrella term for a range of symptoms experienced by passengers and cabin crew when they have been exposed to harmful levels of contaminants in aeroplane cabin air.
The Syndrome is real and gaining recognition as the effects of contaminated cabin air become more widely understood. In 2015, the Senior Coroner for Dorset who investigated the death of pilot Richard Westgate, gave medical credence to Aerotoxic Syndrome when he stated that Westgate’s body “disclosed symptoms consistent with exposure to organophosphate compounds in aircraft cabin air.”
What are the symptoms of Aerotoxic Syndrome?
The symptoms of Aerotoxic Syndrome are neurological, and occur as the toxins attack the Central Nervous System (CNS). They can be sudden onset or develop over time, but can include:
- Feeling light-headed, dizzy, or experiencing problems with balance
- Memory and cognition difficulties
- Sore throat, eyes, and nose
- Respiratory problems e.g. tightness in chest, wheezing, irritation and coughing
- Headaches and migraines
- Gastro-intestinal issues, e.g. nausea, diarrhoea, and vomiting
- Tremors and seizures
- Depression, anxiety, and panic attacks
- Skin rashes
- Blurred vision
- Aching muscles
- Sharp spikes in blood pressure
Aerotoxic Syndrome is frequently misdiagnosed or mistreated.
How do I know if I’ve had Aerotoxic Syndrome?
Currently, many plane ventilation systems can be at risk of contamination to cabin air and there are no detection systems in place.
In the case of a ‘Fume Event’, you may experience some tell-tale signs of contaminated cabin air, including:
- An increased number of cabin crew or passengers coughing or displaying other symptoms, or falling ill.
- A distinct smell resembling that of petrol, brake fluid, or a musty odour.
- A haze or mist occurring in the air in the cabin.
The symptoms of inhaling contaminated cabin air vary enormously, so if you fall ill during, or soon after a flight, you should seek medical treatment immediately. You should also assess your symptoms, the type of plane you have been on, and any circumstances you noticed whilst flying.
Unfortunately, Aerotoxic Syndrome is not yet routinely understood, so it may be a case of you, or your loved ones, having to bring this possibility to the attention of your healthcare team.
Who is affected by Aerotoxic Syndrome?
Many different people can be affected by Aerotoxic Syndrome following a ‘Fume Event’; when fumes leak into an aircraft cabin’s air supply. Cabin crew and frequent flyers are most at risk ofAerotoxic Syndrome due to repeated exposure and increased chance of being present during a ‘Fume Event’. Those with pre-existing health conditions are also thought to be at increased risk. As yet it is not known if contaminated air in aircraft cabins poses a greater risk to children, the elderly, or unborn infants.
How does the cabin air become contaminated?
Cabin air can become contaminated due to its link to the warm compressed air from the aeroplane’s engine being used to provide heat to the cabin. Normally this does not pose a problem. However, if there is a leak, or a break in the seal, then the ventilation system to the cabin can become contaminated with harmful fumes.
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