|Forum topic by Dan||posted 07-19-2010 07:31 PM||6618 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
07-19-2010 07:31 PM
I am still a bit newer to woodworking so bare with me..
A while back I restored an antique oak table and during the sanding process I became very ill. I had flu like symptoms and was very tired and out of it for 3 or 4 days after sanding. I did not use proper protection at the time. My dad who is a long time woodworker told me that oak dust has made him sick also. Needless to say I started working with more safety by using dust collector, filter and mask…
I worked with oak again a few weeks ago and had no problem at all with it. Well this past weekend I was using it yet again and I noticed that after handling it all my fingertips turned black. Almost like I just got done reading a news paper. I used dust collector, had a fan going with air filter and wore a mask but I just feel really sick now. My head is pounding, I feel very tired an drained and its the same feeling I had back when I sanded the oak table.
I know there are wood allergies and I am guessing I have one with oak wood. I want to know if this is rare or if anyone else has had these problems? Also can I take anything to help with the symptoms? Maybe an allergy medicine or something?
I have decided that I should probably not work with oak anymore but if I do I would like to know what else I can do to prevent this reaction.
I have googled it and cant seem to find much info. Especially info on my fingertips turning black. BTW they only were black for a short time after. They are normal now.
Any feedback, advice or help would be great. I want to know I am not the only one with this problem.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"