We are all witnessing the ongoing technological revolution. Although appliances, such as computers, smartphones, and tablets, make our life easier, these also increase the risk of EMF exposure. The diversity of electronic products has resulted in a myriad of electromagnetic fields that are of low or high frequency.
Numerous studies talks about the possible association of health effects with exposure to EMF. The WHO suggests that frequent EMF exposure can increase the risk of cancer, reproductive problems, liver and kidney issues, as well as inflammation and different physical ailments.
Some people can move away from the source of EMF to prevent symptoms. However, there are people who are reactive and have to change their lifestyle from the core to cope with health issues related to electromagnetic field exposure.
Next, we will dive into our detailed guide on EMF sensitivity. We will discuss what EMF sensitivity is and how it can be treated. So without further ado, let’s start!
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What is EMF Sensitivity?
Before we get into what EMF sensitivity is and discuss the potential solutions, it is essential to explain this condition. According to the WHO, people who have dramatic physical reactions after exposure to electromagnetic fields are EMF hypersensitive. In most cases, they have to deal with symptoms that aren’t specific for any other condition.
This includes tingling, redness, and burning sensations on the skin. Other symptoms include tiredness, fatigue, digestive issues, heart palpitations, and nausea.
With this in mind, it is quite obvious why someone who suffers from EMF sensitivity can’t leave near a source (such as power lines). People with EMF sensitivity would have to reduce their exposure to TV, computers, and smartphones. This situation is similar to the sensitivity that comes from exposing yourself to multiple chemicals that are in the environment and that result in non-specific symptoms.
The thing that you might be interested in is how frequently this sensitivity causes issues. According to several studies, there are about 20-30 people out of a million that suffer from severe EMS. It is quite interesting to know that it is mostly present in Scandinavian countries, including Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
The biggest problem with EMF sensitivity is that it isn’t a medical diagnosis. Individuals who suffer from it have a hard time differentiating whether their symptoms come from EMF exposure or not.
The World Health Organization has been running a couple of research programs to acquire more relevant information on the risks related to electromagnetic field exposure, as well as how these can be prevented.
Can You Be Allergic To Wi-Fi (or Electromagnetism)?
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or the “microwave syndrome”, is a controversial topic that is yet to be discussed among medical specialists and the public, in general. However, the question has arisen regarding whether or not people can be allergic to Wi-Fi, especially if they already have symptoms when exposed to radiation coming from smartphones, tablets, and computers. As we have mentioned above, the symptoms that come from electromagnetic hypersensitivity can include headaches, skin issues, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty concentrating.
While some subjects have related these symptoms to using the internet, science doesn’t accept this. Research claims that there has been no detected connection between EHS and Wi-Fi. However, although an allergy to Wi-Fi is yet to be proven, there is a possibility, especially given the fact that ionizing radiation is put in context with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
What is EMF Sensitivity and Exposure?
Before we can talk about the possible treatments of EMF sensitivity, we need to determine what electromagnetic fields are. We will also discuss the different types of radiation.
The first thing that you should know is that electric and magnetic waves surround us and are even emitted by our bodies. However, the radiation that comes from electromagnetic fields should concern us. A century ago, power lines were the main source of EMR. Today, it comes from electrical appliances, such as microwaves, smartphones, tablets, computers, and all other types of gadgets that use electricity.
There are two groups of electromagnetic radiation – low-frequency, more commonly known as non-ionizing radiation; and high-frequency, or ionizing radiation. The latter comes with several health risks, and it is mostly emitted from medical imaging machines.
On the other hand, non-ionizing radiation comes from power lines, smartphones, tablets, and computers. While it doesn’t put electrons out of atoms or stimulate ionization, which is a good thing, there have still been numerous reported cases of people showing symptoms from heavy non-ionizing radiation exposure.
Causes of EMF Sensitivity
Most studies in the field of EMF sensitivity have suggested that there is no proven correlation between EMF exposure and symptoms. In fact, studies conducted in 2005 and 2010 by Rubin et al. stated that they found no significant evidence supporting the theory that exposure to electromagnetism results in EMF sensitivity.
Symptoms of EMF Sensitivity
This is where we get back to EMF sensitivity and the symptoms. If you have sensitivity, you may experience these symptoms:
- Memory changes
- Concentration issues
- Dysesthesia – itchy, painful sensation
- Fatigue and general tiredness
- Headaches and migraines
This topic has been discussed since the 1980s, and scientists are yet to reach a conclusion. However, taking a look at the results from the studies, they managed to determine an increased prevalence of brain cancer and leukemia in subjects that have been exposed to computers and phones more than others. Additionally, non-ionizing radiation can reportedly affect the nervous system, resulting in sleep pattern disturbances and swift mood changes.
Protection From Electromagnetic Fields
Whether you are someone who has to cope with symptoms like dizziness, nausea, redness, fatigue, and digestive issues when exposed to EMF, or you are simply worried about the potential health risks, there are a couple of things that you can do to reduce both exposure and risks.
Firstly, turning on your speakers instead of having your phone by your ear while talking can reduce the effects of radiation on your brain. Not only that, but when you are not using your tablet or smartphone, you should put it down. Also, when it comes to ensuring a healthy sleep routine, your phone should be set in another room.
Also, wearing your smartphone in a pocket isn’t recommended given its potential connection with reproductive problems. For this reason, your best bet is to have it in a bag or in your back pocket. When it comes to the radiation that comes from laptops and routers, we recommend that you do your best to sit at a distance of at least 20-30 centimeters away.
Additionally, investing in products such as laptop shielding pads and stickers can go a long way when it comes to blocking the electromagnetic field radiation. These products can help with reducing the heat emitted from this appliance.
Last but not least, if you live near a power line and have discovered some of the aforementioned symptoms, the best solution is to move to another area. If that isn’t possible, then you should use radiation blocking paint and radiation blocking fabric to reduce the exposure.
Electromagnetic Sensitivity Treatment
EMS isn’t an official diagnosis. This is the main reason why there is no such thing as a prescribed therapy for electromagnetic sensitivity. However, due to the research done by the WHO, there are a couple of treatments that can be effective for reducing reported symptoms. The first thing that the doctor will do is perform a physical test. The doctor will also audit your medical history and try to determine the direct cause of the given symptoms.
Apart from giving you non-steroidal creams, as well as some OTC drugs that can reduce redness, inflammation, and nausea, you are also subjected to cognitive-behavioral or self-group therapies. These therapies will help you cope with dramatic thoughts about EMF exposure. This should reduce the symptoms, as EMS is considered to be significantly psychosomatic.
Additionally, a doctor or an EMF specialist may suggest that you perform a couple of changes to the setting you live in. In most cases, subjects are recommended to invest in a reliable air humidifier. Air humidifier can reduce the pollution that comes from the outside, and they should add ergonomic elements.
Along with that, changing your indoor lighting sources to LEDs can reduce your EMF exposure. Also, reducing the noise in the environment you live in can also contribute to treating electromagnetic sensitivity and self-reported symptoms.
Electromagnetic sensitivity has been a topic of numerous studies by the WHO and other health organizations. Although it isn’t an official diagnosis and specialists suggest that it is mostly due to underlying psychological disorders, it is still something that should be considered.
We have done our best to explain how electromagnetic fields work. We have outlined the causes, symptoms, and solutions to solving any issues you may be experiencing when it comes to EMF sensitivity. If you find yourself experiencing some of the mentioned symptoms, we recommend that you consult with a doctor. Medical specialist will discuss potential treatment options.