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What Health Problems Does Polyurethane Cause
I have neurophy! Does working once with polyurethane contribute toward this problem? I used to do gym floor re-coatings for many years.
Does smelling polyurethane in a room with it painted/refinished months ago cause miscarriage risk? Is there a diff in danger between freshly painted poly vs poly that has been off gassing for months?
Minimal risk: The medical literature suggests polyurethane fumes can increase miscarriage risk but the risk is not quantified. Because millions of pregnant women have been exposed to these fumes i'd presume the risk is low but in general risks increase with higher degrees of exposure. Freshly painted poly will off-gas more than older poly but the stronger the odor the more you are being exposed. See comment:. ...Read more
Exposure to chemical: Yes. Prolonged or excessive exposure to any of these substances can cause toxicity and illness. Always be careful when you are exposed to chemicals and protect yourself. ...Read more
Floors were redone in apt below mine with polyurethane. Smell came into my place and was very strong. They said it was safe for me to stay. Was it?
General guidelines: Suggest that those who might be especially affected by fumes--pregnant woman, elderly and sick and young children--should avoid exposure. Brief exposure such as you describe might cause some lung irritation or aggravation of asthma (if you have it) or a headache, but this brief exposure should not have worrisome long term health effects for you. Stay well:) ...Read more
Is 100% polyurethane foam pillow safe to sleep on with just the pillow case on it? The foam came inside of a ziplock cover initially, but removed it.
You are sensitive to polyurethane or it's chemical constituents it is safe...If you are concerned purchase
a pillow "slips" (with zipper closure) available at any BED&BATH or similar store (NOT A RECOMMENDATION FOR SPECIFIC STORE/BRAND)
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more
Wood floors just refinished with oil-based polyurethane. Fumes /smell is horrible. Have two kids under 5. How long should we leave the house?
When tolerable: Air out the house and ask the floor experts for the recommendations the manufacturer has regarding the care of the product used and when to return. ...Read more
Are polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms just as effective for protection against STD and STI as latex condoms?
Was using polyurethane for our kitchen got really sick. Still sob, chest hurts lungs hurt just all around don't feel good. Anything I can do?
Need to get out: The fumes from it can cause trouble breathing, you need to be out of the house for the next couple of days until they dissipate, stay with a friend for 2-3 days and air out the kitchen. ...Read more
Girlfriend allergic to latex and skinzs condom what about polyurethane and will she be ok just burning and now itch was just in her for brief second?
Rubber: Despite claims to the contrary, both of the condoms contain rubber although one may be less allergenic than the other due to manufacturing process. The problem you may encounter is that your GF may become increasingly allergic to the rubber leading to potentially life-threatening issues. You may consider polyurethane although I am not familiar with its performance stats. ...Read more
Had wood floors refinished with oil-based polyurethane. Kept kids out of home 3 days, but smell (fumes?) persist, causing headaches in 5-yr-old. WWYD?
Open up house: I would get the kids out of house again if they are symptomatic and open up your windows and doors to allow as much aeration as possible. I'm sure in the long run you will be happy you had he work done, but right now it is difficult to see the forest through the trees. Take it day by day until the fumes resolve. ...Read more
How much does risk of cancer increase from exposure to polyurethane fumes? When and how should we start screening kids for cancer due to the exposure?
Hard to quantify: Depends on how much exposure, for how long. For typical household refinishing floors and letting things air out before you come back in house, probably pretty hard to say there's a direct link or need for rapid screening. If there is a more prolonged and heavy exposure, would be a good idea to see what you can do to reduce it and consider talking with your kids' doc. ...Read more
If family is getting headaches during exposure to recently-refinished wood floors fumes (polyurethane), what should we do? Do headaches= brain damage?
Classic case DM w/ ILD, after inhalation of polyurethane and concrete dust. Question: Can these inhaled substances be cleared from lungs/ body? How?
?: I am not aware of any methods to remove. ...Read more
LMP was 8/30-9/6. I had sex with my boyfriend a few times since then, didn't really keep track with my cycle but used a polyurethane condom and he pulled out. I never started my period but have been feeling crampy and having back and abd. Pain mainly on t
Do a pregnancy test: Also, some folks may want to do a STD screen ...Read more
Guilt feelings: Absolutely! Guilt feelings can not only cause illness, they are often caused by an illness called depression. Guilt feelings result in a great deal of suffering and you would be wise to consult with a psychotherapist. If you are diagnosed with depression, medication may also help in alleviating your suffering. ...Read more
Absolutely!: Some molds release toxins that can cause a variety of problems, mostly with breathing, in humans in general. Some people will develop allergies to the molds; this often starts with nasal congestion and sneezing, and may develop into cough and wheezing as well. Remove all the mold with a dilute bleach solution but more importantly, eliminate the water leakage that allowed the mold to grow. ...Read more
Possible: Some chemotherapy such as taxanes and vincristine can cause neuropathy (nerve damage) others such as the vinca alkaloids can cause constipation. Gemzar (gemcitabine) can cause diarrhea. Cisplatin can cause hearing loss and neuropathy and kidney damage. Some of these effects are short and some long term complications. There are many other drugs which are used. Speak with you oncologist regarding more specifics. ...Read more
Here are some. ..: No organ or tissue of a body is ever inactive, but always working to serve its duty coming to life. Likewise, prostate has always served as door guard to minimize UTI, as a "milk man" to nourish sperms, ... But its different intensity of use may bring about some variation of disorders. These are the matter of common sense in life. So, "inactive" prostate in your sense will still get some problems.. ...Read more
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