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    Default Sudden Allergies to bodyshop

    I've been in the trade for 10 plus years and never had a problem, I recently started at a new place and have been getting a rash on my hands and arms and a bad rash around my eyes. Has anyone else ever experienced same kind of issues? Just trying to figure out what it could be. I wear all the protective equipment. This new shop does not have proper ventilation for the mixing room and often can smell the fumes throughout the shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walhalla View Post
    I've been in the trade for 10 plus years and never had a problem, I recently started at a new place and have been getting a rash on my hands and arms and a bad rash around my eyes. Has anyone else ever experienced same kind of issues? Just trying to figure out what it could be. I wear all the protective equipment. This new shop does not have proper ventilation for the mixing room and often can smell the fumes throughout the shop
    I've done a couple of jobs for people that have had allergic reactions to paint products and brought the work to my shop so that they were no longer exposed to the chemdicals.

    I've used many different products and haven't had the same problems you have but it sounds like the paint fumes may be causing your pain. What paint products are they using?
    Last edited by Len; 12-21-2019 at 01:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walhalla View Post
    I've been in the trade for 10 plus years and never had a problem, I recently started at a new place and have been getting a rash on my hands and arms and a bad rash around my eyes. Has anyone else ever experienced same kind of issues? Just trying to figure out what it could be. I wear all the protective equipment. This new shop does not have proper ventilation for the mixing room and often can smell the fumes throughout the shop
    Is it possible your problem is hives caused by stress from outside the shop or stress from a new environment ?

    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317631.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walhalla View Post
    I've been in the trade for 10 plus years and never had a problem, I recently started at a new place and have been getting a rash on my hands and arms and a bad rash around my eyes. Has anyone else ever experienced same kind of issues? Just trying to figure out what it could be. I wear all the protective equipment. This new shop does not have proper ventilation for the mixing room and often can smell the fumes throughout the shop
    sounds like good old fashioned allergies to me. Yea they sure can give you a nasty case of hives, randomly here, there wherever aNd whenever they feel like it. Iíve had em and I know .
    Allergies run on one side of my family heck my cousin died of allergies by passing out in a hot tub when he was 18. Iíve had em since I was 16 or so myself. Mine wandered around between a snotty nose to tearing my eyes out on to full blown asthma a while back then settled down to nothing . theyíre easy enough to live with by just being a bit careful. Remember well : Allergies are a personal experience . What bugs you now likely wonít in 10 years but something else will , or wonít, who knows. you get good at noticing whatís bugging you and avoiding the irritant.
    My big go to for hives is BENEDRYL. If you feel that special something coming on EAT ONE NOW donít wait till youíre scratching or they donít work so well. Be preemptive. Zyrtec is my version of mankindís answer to seasonal allergies. They do a nice job of keeping your system and mucous shall we say quieted down... the allergist has my 76 year old sister taking half a Zyrtec a day as general maintenance . Iíd do much of the time myself. Zyrtec is supposed to be especially good for indoor allergies like dust, mold ect. Both of these are literally dirt cheap at Sams club in generic , Cetrezine I think itís called by generic name.
    Most family doctors handle allergies if you want to go that route. They have a fairly new blood test for allergies but I donít know anything about it. Specialists are pricy and the test panels get real expensive. You may not want to go that route for just an occasional thing. As always avoidance and mitigation is the better route, better ventilation definitely. Wearing a tyvek Jump suit may keep it off your skin enough to help as well as wear a charcoal respirator mixing paint. another thing you could use if needed just for that is an old military chemical suit. Theyre lined with activated charcoal . Probably available as military surplus that will wick up vapors . Then just toss it in a bag to store. Might help with body vapor contact if needed though most irritants are inmgested by breathing ( mask)
    If it was me knowing what I know Iíd try the BENEDRYL respirator and tyvek or just covered up next time and see how it goes. It could very well be all ya need . You do want to try to do something about it though as allergies can get worse till you just get toxic . Donít go there believe me those drugs wonít hurt ya but the increasing allergyís , hives , exima really can. Good luck

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