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    Post: Sensitive to vinyl and plastic fumes, etc

    Posted by Cindy on 3/24/03

    Two recent incidents seemed more extreme than past ones:
    first I got new glasses and the lenses gave off a "hot
    plastic smell" that stung my nostrils and burned my eyes.
    The fumes have gradually dissipated but if i wear them for
    prolonged periods they still burn. Second incident, we got
    vinyl vertical blinds for a patio door, and within hours I
    was feeling ill enough that we had to take them down and
    get rid of them. Fortunately they were cheap, and we can
    probably find replacement panes of another material that
    will fit in the clips. After the incident with the glasses
    i'm kicking myself for buying vinyl blinds without thinking
    maybe it wasnt' such a good idea, but we've had vinyl
    blinds before that didn't do that to me.

    I used to work around chemicals used in painting; toluene,
    acetone, lacquer thinner, mineral spirits, alcohol, MEK,
    etc. I tried to protect myself but as the years went by it
    bothered me more. After quitting work in that field and
    being away from it for a few yrs, it seems like I have
    significant reactions to plastic and vinyl odors, solvents,
    pesticides, cleansers, etc now.

    Can anyone direct me to a website or book on this, and what
    can be done to stop it? I feel like if it keeps going this
    way, soon I'll be sensitive to everything. I've also had
    terrible allergies this year.

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