Electrohypersensitivity: state-of-the-art of a functional impairment

Electromagn Biol Med. 2006;25(4):245-58. doi: 10.1080/15368370601044150.


Recently, a new category of persons, claiming to suffer from exposure to electromagnetic fields, has been described in the literature. In Sweden, electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is an officially fully recognized functional impairment (i.e., it is not regarded as a disease). Survey studies show that somewhere between 230,000-290,000 Swedish men and women report a variety of symptoms when being in contact with electromagnetic field (EMF) sources. The aim of our studies has been to investigate possible alterations, in the cellular and neuronal systems of these person' skin. As controls, age- and sex-matched persons, without any subjective or clinical symptoms or dermatological history, served. Immunohistochemistry using antisera to the previously characterized marker substances of interest has been utilized. In summary, it is evident from our preliminary data that various alterations are present in the electrohypersensitive person' skin. In view of recent epidemiological studies, pointing to a correlation between long-term exposure from power-frequent magnetic fields or microwaves and cancer, our data ought to be taken seriously and further analyzed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Electromagnetic Fields*
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / etiology
  • Immune System / physiology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Male
  • Radiation Injuries
  • Radiodermatitis / etiology*
  • Rats
  • Skin / metabolism
  • Skin / radiation effects*
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*
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