Re: Sensitive to vinyl and plastic fumes, etc
Posted by Cindy on 3/25/03
Pat, thank you very much!
On 3/24/03, Pat wrote:
> What you describe sounds like MCS. Though it may not be.
> "Defining Multiple Chemical Sensitivity", by Bonnye L.
> Matthews (1998)
> "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
> "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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