Benl 2015-12-08 13:44:49
I am a life-long sufferer of respiratory allergies (non-food, but almost
everything else). I have been able to control allergies through
medication and by removing the allergen or myself from the allergy
producing situation. However, I cannot seem to figure out a problem I’ve
been dealing with recently.
In August, my family moved into an apartment. It usually takes me some
time to get used to the air (sniffles and so forth). This time, I had
upper and lower abdominal swelling and discomfort. If I left the
apartment, the symptoms subsided quickly. Along with vigorous house
cleaning, I had the vents cleaned. This did not help.
The property manager was willing to work with me, so we looked at a
different apartment in the same large complex. The manager allowed me to
spend some time in the apartment and after an hour or so, I noticed the
same symptoms. I figured that I might be sensitive to their carpet
cleaning shampoo, the fresh paint or scotch guard, but I wasn’t sure.
The manager released us from our lease and we found another apartment.
Things seemed okay the first day (I even hung around before signing the
lease), but then I had the same symptoms. We’ve been in this place for
about 2 months and I’ve been able to stay, in large part because of a
basement space that doesn’t bother me and an air sponge product that
seemed to help (at least at first).
We think it might be sensitivity to paint, but I found out that our place
was painted in Early August and it’s now late October. They do not scotch
guard and I cannot determine any other chemicals that they might use
(they don’t spray for insects either).
I am at my wit’s-end because I am suffering from the symptoms once again.
My doctor doesn’t seem to believe me and my family, while sympathetic,
does not understand. Has anybody heard of anything like this? Does
anybody have a solution? BTW, my air purifier seems to be ineffective.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Can do 2015-12-08 13:44:53
Ben, I’ve been fighting for years against my chemical and environmental
I don’t react the same way that you do. But, when I do have a bad reaction,
it can take just one irritant to set off my problems, or it can take
In one’s home there are a lot of offending irritants that can set off
various symptoms. There is the offgasses that come from chemicals in the
furniture. There are chemicals that come from cleaners and pesticides. Wall
to wall carpeting is one of the worst problems, for me, since it traps many
irritants that are impossible to remove regardless of how much I clean the
carpeting. I ripped out my carpeting and use throw rugs that can be washed.
Most of the time you can’t do much about your home environment, except to
open the windows, at a time of low pollen and low pollution, to air the
In your case, moving might have been coincidental to some other change in
your life. For instance, I have many sensitivities to dyes, like those put
That said, let me ask you a few questions.
Before moving did you buy new clothes? Did you change your diet in any way?
Did you start taking a new or different medication? Did you switch to a
different deodorant? (I’m not saying that you need one!
Since bad reactions are usually combinational, what I look for when having a
bad reaction, is something new that I have added to the “sensitivity”
equation. In other words, let’s say that you are sensitive to your new home,
but you don’t react to that sensitivity unless you are wearing a certain
shirt that contains blue dye #12, for instance.
The shirt containing blue dye #12 doesn’t set off your bad reaction. The new
home doesn’t set off that bad reaction. But the combination of the two, or
more, causes misery.
Just thought that I would throw out some of what I understand about MY
Best of luck. Hope you find a solution………