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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 204 days ago 604 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1yeldud1

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204 days ago

I have been working with a project made of maple this week and I have experienced a odd occurance. I have had issues with my eyes matting shut and my nose running like CRAZY this week. I seem to have a reaction to this type of wood – I have NEVER had any problem with any other type of wood (oak, walnut, pine, cedar, ect) Has anyone else experienced an issue while machining maple ?? Nothing serious just wondering if Im alone in this nose running eye watering experience – LOL


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Tim

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#1 posted 204 days ago

It's listed as a sensitizer here.

Certainly possible it’s an allergy. Sensitizer means you could have a more serious reaction the next time you’re exposed. Avoid it or get tested if you want to be sure.

It’s also possible something else got on this batch of wood like poison ivy sap, etc and you’re reacting to that.

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#2 posted 204 days ago

I feel your pain buddy. I have allergies to a couple different woods (Oak and cedar mostly) My eyes will swell and ill get rashes on my hands if i work with them for long periods of time. Like if im production cutting at the tablesaw most of the day or routing it. I actually started to take a claritin allergy pill every day and I have to say it makes a pretty big difference. Not a total fix but it helps. Give an allergy pill a shot. Oh yea and do yourself a favor and make sure its not benadryl or something drowsy. Fast spinning blades and wanting to nap do not a 10 fingered man make. No one wants to be the REAL stumpynubs :)

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 204 days ago

Western Red Cedar does the same thing to me. Eastern Red Cedar is not a problem for me. Strange.

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#4 posted 204 days ago

Really gfadvm. Where do u live? The reason I ask is I heard you build a tolerance to certain plants in your region.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 203 days ago

In Oklahoma. I have lots of ERC trees but don’t think the WRC grows here.

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#6 posted 203 days ago

I’m with you… Certain woods cause me to get flu like symptoms. I now wear a anti-microbial mask and a pair of goggles instead of glasses. It may be a pain, but I’m healthier and I’m in the shop longer.

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Vertigo

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#7 posted 203 days ago

I’ll bet you built some kind of a tolerance to it living with the trees in your area gfad. I’m interested to know who else has allergic reactions to what types of wood.

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Tim

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#8 posted 203 days ago

ERC and WRC are actually totally different kinds of wood. ERC isn’t even really cedar, it’s really in the juniper family. As far as I know allergies are kind of the opposite of building a tolerance. You have enough contact with something that wasn’t a problem before and suddenly your body decides it’s a problem and over reacts to it. Just went to the allergist for one of my kids, just trying to explain what I understood from it and from having seasonal allergies.

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#9 posted 201 days ago

Man, that must be tough to be a woodworker and have wood allergies. I’m sorry to hear that and hope you wear a face mask when working with the species that irritate you. Good luck.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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bugz

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#10 posted 201 days ago

I bandsawed up a bunch of coastal oak and some badlands cedar one day and the next morning my eyes were swelled up and matted shut. It didn’t last long, but I am very careful with both now. I wear a mask and goggles. Pine of all kinds seams to slightly affect my sinus also.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 200 days ago

I am an allergist by profession and Western Red Cedar has a substance called plicatic acid that was famous in the milling days for causing asthma and other respiratory problems. It is definitely different than eastern cedar. Ironically I have many wood contact allergies so I gird for battle every time I hit the shop. Another common substance that can cause contact rash is resin which will make it likely you will have problems to multiple types of wood. Personally I don’t seem to have trouble with maple (other than staining it…ha ha).

If you develop one wood sensitivity you are at a higher risk of developing others. I’d take that as a cue that you need protection whenever you are out there.

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Vertigo

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#12 posted 200 days ago

Thanks for weighing in live edge. Always good to hear from a professional. I’ve dealt with allergies my whole life and always wondered about diff woods. Thanks again for your insight.

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#13 posted 199 days ago

Pine, Doug Fir and Alder (which is the worst), affect me, more than just the dust-type irritation. I went and looked at the list Tim posted. There are woods that are direct toxins. Like any other plants, I guess.

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