Plastic Allergy

Plastic Allergy Signs: Causes of Contact Dermatitis and Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Plastic.

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This is a new one by me. My daughter was coughing and wheezing for about 2 months. We had no idea why.

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Her daily garlic intake was increased as was her whole food supplements. I changed the air filters. I swept and mopped the floors. I wiped everything down thinking it was some kind of environmental allergy. Nothing seemed to work. And then we found the issue.

Plastic. Bread is wrapped in plastic along with lunch meat and the containers for her lunch. We switched to metal and glass containers and even bought new bamboo toothbrushes with horse hair bristles. 

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Within 3 days her symptoms went away. I was shocked to learn she was allergic to plastic. So what's going on?

What Is An Allergy?

An allergy is your body's hyperactive state when it come into contact with something its allergic to and is sometimes called an irritant contact dermatitis. For most people plastic is not a serious issue although you should severely restrict the use of it.

plastic allergy, allergies to plastic

For those that are allergic to plastics the signs and symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to hours after touching a plastic container. Some people can have an allergic reaction or intolerance to plastic which causes unwanted symptoms. 

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Plastic allergy symptoms vary from person to person and can display themselves in a variety of ways.

Plastic Allergy Symptoms In Children & Adults

Only about 0.5%  of people have an actual allergy to plastic. These symptoms can include: 

  • Abdominal pain (intestinal pain)
  • Acute inflammation
  • Congestion (sinus problem)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Mouth and/or abdominal tingling
  • Nausea 
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Rash on face
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Skin itching (eczema/exzema)
  • Skin redness (flushing)
  • Skin sores
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

Phthalate is something I know a little about. They're chemicals used to make plastics more pliable, flexible, stronger, and increase its longevity. They can sometimes called plasticizers.

plastic allergy, allergies to plastic

These chemicals are used in the making of vinyl liners for swimming pools which you can learn about on my other website. I believe it's the leaching out of this chemical that causes the plastic allergy in some people. I also think we're all on chemical overload but that's for another time.

Causes of Contact Dermatitis & Plastic Allergies

The cause is simple. Contact with plastics. But it doesn't seem to be all plastics, just some. It for that reason that you should check with your doctor or allergist concerning any symptoms you may exhibit.

Plastics to Avoid

It seems like avoiding plastics these days is like avoiding air. You can't completely stop using plastics but you can decrease the amount of contact you have with it. Just look around your home and in your refrigerator. Plastic is everywhere but here are some things you can do to lessen their effects on your life.

  • Avoid anything with “polyethylene”
  • Bamboo toothbrushes
  • Buy bread that comes in paper bags
  • Ceramic bowls
  • Cloth diapers
  • Glass container for leftovers. NEVER put hot food in plastic containers. The plastic chemicals will not only leach into the food but it will taste like plastic. 
  • Glass straws
  • Glass/stainless steel water bottles (No more bottled water)
  • Hemp/leather/silicone phone case
  • Large wheels of cheese
  • Metal/wood/silicone cooking utensils
  • No frozen convenience foods
  • No non-stick cookware. Use enameled or cast iron
  • No plastic produce bags
  • Porcelain coffee cups
  • Reusable cloth sandwich bags
  • Silicone mouse for your computer
  • Silicone or stainless steel ice cube tray
  • Stainless steel thermos
  • Use a metal or glass blender
  • Use reusable canvas grocery bags or reuse your paper bags until they fall apart
  • Vinegar and water for cleaning
  • Wood children’s toys
  • Wood or porcelain plates and cups
  • Wool lunch box

If you think you have a plastic allergy, an intolerance or other symptoms, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing.

The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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