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Old 02-20-2012, 02:03 PM
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I've been suffering from skin rash for the last several months on and off. I've narrowed it down to either the fumes from polyurethane or my own hair. Has anyone else ever developed an allergy to the fumes from polyurethane?

I have also developed an allergy to any pine based such as epoxy and plumbers putty (Magic Sculpt especially) Any suggestions for a good clear coat for wood that is not poly or pine resin based?
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Default Re: Allergic Reaction to Polyurethane

Have you tried any of the water based urethanes? How about shellac?Yours is the first time I've heard of an allergy to urethane. Keep us posted
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Default Re: Allergic Reaction to Polyurethane

I have developed a contact allergy skin rash thing from epoxies. While the sloppiness was done many decades ago, it's still with me. I can't use epoxy any more. Affects fair skinned people moreso than dark skinned people.
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Hi sorry to hear about your rash. I do use Ployurethane and the fumes can be pretty strong. I have to always open the garage/shop doors when using it. First time I forgot to open the big garage/shop door and did get a headache. I don't do that anymore.

Some folks are very sensative to these types of chemicals, like Brian mentioned you might try water based instead.

Hope you get over your rash soon.
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You could have the contact dermititis from any number of things including one or more of the chemicals in the products you use or even from the turpentine, acetone or other cleaners and thinners you use with them.

Going to a water based acylic product is probably your best bet unless you want to spend big bucks in a Dr.s' Office trying to figure out exactly what it is you are allergic to.

But to shed some light on your comment "or my own hair." My daughter is allergic to her own sweat and has to wear perscription creams and lotions and cotton gloves when she works to try and prevent allergic reactions so your comment in reality is not that far off.
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Thanks for the ideas on water based stuff. I've only ever tried water based stain before and I didn't like it. I'll look at Lee Valley to see what they have that is water based.

Eddy, I really hope it isn't my own hair that is the problem. I like having long hair and I really don't want to keep it cut off just so I don't have this annoying rash on my chest.
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Do you spray anything on your hair? If you do you could be allergic to that.
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Kitaye.... You say that the rash is on your chest? I assumed from your question that it was on your hands or arms. This opens up an entirelly different can of worms. I think that if it doesn't go away in a week or two on its own I'd be checking with my primary care physician. While contact dermititis usually (key word - usually) envolves direct contact with an irritant coming in contact with the skin the rash on your chest doesn't seems to fit that bill. I do have a couple of medical allergies developed from long term ingestion of certain medicines that have manifested themselves as skin rashes. You might want to take a look at something that you're taking medically or something that's in your diet. But like I said, if it doesn't go away in an appropriate amount of time see a doctor to make sure it isn't serious because if you are developing an allergy to something it could get a lot worse and go from annoying to life threatening.
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One of the reasons I thought is was my hair was where it is currently manifesting. A semi-circle of rash on my chest right at where my hair touches me just inside the neckline of my shirt. But it does seem to flair up when I use my wood finishes, too.

The Dr has me on some super allergy pills right now. The pills don't seem to be helping at all, except to limit the amount of scratching I am doing. I am due back in about a month. At which point we may have to take the next step, i.e the scratch and sniff test.

I wash my hair every night with the same shampoo I have used for years. I have allergies to perfumes and pigments used in makeups, creams, hair froofroo crap so I avoid anything with these things in them. I hope it isn't the shampoo. It took me years to find this one that didn't cause other problems.
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Kitaye... You might find this interesting and the accompanying links helpful.

Environmental Working Group provides list of toxins found in popular skin care products
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