Re: Sensitive to vinyl and plastic fumes, etc
Posted by Pat on 3/24/03
What you describe sounds like MCS. Though it may not be.
"Defining Multiple Chemical Sensitivity", by Bonnye L.
"Chemical Exposures [--] Low Levels and High Stakes" by
Claudia Miller, M.D., and Nicholas Ashford, Ph.D.
"Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - The End of Controversy" by
Dr. Martin L. Pall, Professor of Biochemistry and Basic
Medical Sciences, Washington State University, at
"Teenager's discovery termed a medical breakthrough" By
Latafat Ali Siddiqui at http://www.dawn.com/1999/19991223/int7.htm
"Response to Errors Prevalent in the Understanding of
Environmental Illness" by Dr. Gerald H. Ross [M.D., C.C.F.P.,
D.I.B.E.M., D.A.B.E.M., F.A.A.E.M., F.R.S.M., Past President,
American Academy of Environmental Medicine; Fellow of
England's Royal Society of Medicine], at
On 3/24/03, Cindy wrote:
> 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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