30 June  2009  Home Svensk Version 
FEB - The Swedish Association for the Electro HyperSensitive

About Electro HyperSensitivity

Electrical Oversensitivity or Electro- (Electrical) Hypersensitivity is a fairly new phenomenon, the first cases and discussions came to public knowledge in the early seventies.

The first signs of electrical hypersensitivity are often experienced as a minor irritation when working with VDTs (Computer monitors, surveillance monitors, common TV - Television sets). A frequent symptom is that of warmth or a burning sensation in the face, not unlike a strong sunburn. Some people develop a reddish skin blemish or rash at the same time. These can also be accompanied by a tingling sensations in the skin, both facially and/or over other parts of the body. In addition eye problems can occur. You might get the feeling that the mucus membranes have dried.

These initial symptoms must be regarded as a serious first warning! Switch of the VDT when not in use, cut down time before the VDT, move the VDT far away from the user, buy a new low emission, grounded, monitor with a Cu-net embedded into the front glass (shielding glass).

Warning signs

These are symptoms that people experience with eg. VDT work. For some individuals the problem becomes gradually worse, the symptoms are sustained for longer periods.
  • An unnatural warmth or burning sensation in the face.
  • A tingling, stinging or pricking sensation in the face or other areas of the body.
  • Dryness of the upper respiratory tract or eye irritation.
  • Problems with concentration, dizziness and loss of memory.
  • Swollen mucus membranes resulting in nonviral/bacterial swelling of nose, throat, ear and sinuses.
  • Feeling of impending influenza that never quite breaks out.
  • Headache and nuasea.
  • Teeth and jaw pains.
  • Ache in muscles and joints.
  • Cardiac palpitations.
  • Naturally the differences between individuals are great, some may only have one or a few symptoms, some have many, some have light symptoms, some may have severe difficulties.