What are Chemical Sensitivities?
Multiple chemical sensitivities can include many different symptoms, and it is often referred to as an environmental illness. This is because people develop this as a result of their environment, such as tobacco smoke, automobile exhaust, perfume, and chlorine just to name a few.
What Causes Chemical Sensitivities?
This is caused by high levels of chemicals which can make people sick and cause pollution in the environment. In some cases, pollutants are avoidable as many times we are at fault for things such as chemical spills. This differs from regular allergies, as there is no clear cause for these symptoms. It is difficult to avoid these chemicals and toxins as the full range of toxicity of chemicals are unknown.
Symptoms of Chemical Sensitivities
Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, having a sore throat, chest pain, changes in your heart rhythm, difficulties breathing, muscle pain, diarrhea, bloating and gas, sleeping problems, a runny nose, and a skin rash. It can even be severe enough to affect your mood and memory, as it can cause difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and changes in your mood. Many of these symptoms arise from invisible chemicals or toxins that the average person cannot detect in the environment.
Treatments for Chemical Sensitivities
To treat chemical sensitivity, some doctors prescribe antidepressants to help with depression and anxiety. There is also medication to help treat symptoms such as headaches. It is up to the individual to determine which foods or chemicals worsen their symptoms, as everyone reacts to these pollutants differently.
For example, going on a strict diet and avoiding pollutants can help to reduce the severity of one’s symptoms. Visit your doctor to discuss your symptoms and find a better way to be safer and avoid chemical sensitivities.
Eligibility Criteria for Disability Tax Credit for Chemical Sensitivities
To be eligible, you must have had your disability for at least 12 months. It must be considered as severe affecting you the majority of the time and interfering with your daily activities.
For example, if the chemical sensitivities are causing memory loss this would qualify you under the category called mental functions when applying for this tax credit program. In this case, a patient must be struggling either all or substantially all of the time with the daily functions required for everyday life. This can include memory, problem-solving, goal-setting, and judgment which can be hindered by air pollutants and chemicals.
How To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Chemical Sensitivities?
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
It is this form which contains your disability information, such as requiring the date at which the disability began. This tax credit includes a Federal and Provincial component.