Bad Plastic Allergy

by Rb61
(New York)

I have been suffering from this plastic allergy for about 3 years after coughing, choking wheezing I finally narrowed it down to plastic.

When I touch the plastic bags and rub my skin I break out in hives, if I drink out of plastic water bottles I choke if I use plastic straws my glands swell and I choke almost immediately. Has anyone else had these problems.




Thanks for the question. Many people have this issue with plastic and is why I wrote this page. As the page says my daughter had an allergy to plastic. We switched over to metal straws and the issue resolved itself.

Many times symptoms can be exhibited because of a compounding of issues and toxins, not just simply plastic. There are as many as 30 chemicals just to make Red Dye 40.

Some say that concentration of certain chemicals increases because the plastic is leaching into the water. Plastic is heated and can release antimony and bisphenol A, commonly called BPA.

Antimony is considered a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer which is part of the World Health Organization.

Plastic can contain up to 2500 different chemicals. Compound that on top of the soap you use, shampoo and conditioner, cleaning supplies, and food we eat. It's no wonder why people are so sick, even though refrigeration and the understanding of bacteria is at an all-time high.

Basically we're overloaded with chemicals.

Get a good glass water bottle from Life Factory or a metal 32 oz. bottle from Hydro Flask. It does have a plastic top but you can change it out for a silicon one.

Robert

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Plastic Clothes Bags

by Jolene
(Coshocton, Ohio,USA)

Do you know anything about handling plastic bags from new clothing? I work in retail and spent over an hour pulling plastic from new clothes. Hands felt like they were in fire and red.




Hi Jolene. I worked for Ukrop's grocery store in Richmond, VA for 10 years and used a variety of gloves.

One of the best was Cotton Brown Jersey Gloves. Be sure to get the knit writs. Everything else seems to slide off. They have gloves with bumps on the fingers and palms for better grip. I forget what they're exactly called.

If your hands sweat you can add some Gold Bond or baby powder in the gloves to soak up any moisture.

Another kind of glove I like is latex free. Walgreens and Walmart carry them. Look for Kimberly-Clark Latex Free Non-Sterile Powder-Free Disposable Gloves. I prefer the kind with the powder. My hands slip in better.

Purple Exam Grade Nitrile Gloves are also good. Uline has a good variety of gloves and a great website.

Hope this helps.

Robert

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ALLERGY TO THE PLASTIC IN T-SHIRT COLLARS

by RHONDA
(OHIO)

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT MY ALLERGY TO THE PLASTIC IN T-SHIRTS MADE IN THE LAST 3-4 YEARS? I KNOW IT'S THE T-SHIRT COLLAR BECAUSE WITHIN 15 MINUTES TO A HALF HOUR AFTER I PUT THE T-SHIRT ON, MY NECK STARTS GETTING STIFF, AND I GET A HEADACHE.

WITHIN 15-20 MINUTES AFTER REMOVING THE T-SHIRT, MY HEADACHE IS GONE, AND MY NECK IS FINE. I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH T-SHIRTS THAT I HAVE THAT ARE 5 OR MORE YEARS OLD. I HAVE BEEN ALLERGIC TO PLASTIC ALL OF MY LIFE.




Thanks for the question Rhonda. The best way to reduce or eliminate an allergy is to limit or eliminate the time you're in contact with the allergen.

There are brands out there that don't contain a plastic or elastic collar. You can try Spectra Tees or more recognizable brands such as Hanes.

You might also have a latex allergy from elastic in your clothes. Phthalates can be found in certain clothes and shoes and might be linked to hormone disruption.

Phthalates are found in some clothes with plastic logos. Clothes that have a plastic smell can indicate an overload of phthalates.

If you do find a good tee shirt without plastic, or any other discoveries, please come back here and post your findings. You're not alone in this. My daughter is allergic to plastic and that's why I wrote this page.

Good luck and thanks for visiting my site. Please type in lower case. It's much easier to read.

Robert

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