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Old 12th December 2014, 09:08 AM   #1
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Default Skin allergy to plywood dust

Not sure where to put this, but since it is the DIY forum, I figured, why not?

Never had this before, but I have started having dyshidrotic eczema last month. Since the only thing new in my life was the building of enclosures for my W8-1772, I guess I have started an allergy to plywood (or more probably the glue used in the lamination) dust.

It covered my hands and fingers. Not nice.

Has this happened to anyone else?

I may have to research into another material to make enclosures next time!
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Old 12th December 2014, 09:30 AM   #2
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What about wearing fine neoprene medical type gloves?
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Old 12th December 2014, 10:54 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear that. I am allergic to a lot of things too. My recommendation: make foam core speakers

If it bothers your hands you may want to consider respirator - certainly your lungs and throat are susceptible too.
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Old 12th December 2014, 11:00 AM   #4
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never had issues with ply, MDF makes me itchy so I'm going to avoid using it wherever possible.

gloves taped over long sleeves is the way to go, you might have luck with barrier cream. respirator for sure!
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Old 12th December 2014, 11:09 AM   #5
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Thanks! I'm looking at those new 3M gloves that feel like a second skin.

and yes, a respirator is the way to go as well, but i sometimes forego, thinking it will be done quickly and it will be a bother...
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Old 12th December 2014, 11:28 AM   #6
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I would recommend working with fiberglass for a more reliable source of irritation. 😜
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Old 12th December 2014, 02:32 PM   #7
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I would recommend working with fiberglass for a more reliable source of irritation. 😜
Been there! I made quite a few surfboards already.
For that, the respirator is always on!
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Old 12th December 2014, 03:33 PM   #8
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I would recommend working with fiberglass for a more reliable source of irritation. 😜
Epoxy.*

Plywood makes my hands itch, it's 'dust' is very sharp / hard - have looked at some under a good magnifying glass.

Its not impossible to have a reaction to the glue used for laminating ply.

Always wear a proper mask, paper ones are useless.

Gloves are a good idea, mechanics impregnated cloth gloves are thin and will last a good while.

*my hands itch just thinking about it.
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Old 12th December 2014, 05:15 PM   #9
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Grease Monkey is a great brand of shop glove, that as the name implies is rather durable in respect of chemicals that might be in finishing products as well.
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Old 12th December 2014, 07:34 PM   #10
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I think some species of trees are toxic to us humans, not that strange actually there are a lot of poisson plants...so it does not have to be (only) the glue in the plywood that irritates you. Good ventilation, mask and gloves, allready mentioned by others are all reasonable solutions to the problem or a helping friend who does not get as aggressive reaction as you do. Most importantly since your body is allready trying to tell you something, stop exposing yourself to the dust if your allergic reactions gets worse!
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