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I posted this elsewhere,also. Are there any common chemicals, household or otherwise, that commonly cause pain with VV and or IC? If so, can you list them? I've noticed I've felt better when I'm not home, and am wondering if a chemical is making me feel bad and not so much diet? I hate this mystery game. Fine one day, and then, BAM, the burning is back! :yikes:
08-04-2004, 05:49 PM
That's a tough one. Are you saying that you feel worse at home than in other people's homes? If that's the case, you might look at things like carpets, drapes, and upholstered furniture. It could also be because when in your own home you are handling cleaning supplies, such as furniture wax. You might try wearing rubber gloves when doing your cleaning, just in case you might be absorbing something through your skin. Pets can also be a problem if your problem is possibly allergy related.
I hope you find some answers soon.
Yes, I'm suspecting furniture dust polish now. Also dye for hair. Hopefully, one day there will be a comprehensive list of "stay away froms" for IC. What a dream!
08-08-2004, 02:07 PM
I am a hairstylist and think some of the chemicals are causing me problems if I am away from work for awhile I seem to feel better.The perm solution and hair color seem to effect me more and hair spray.
The book, "Patient to Patient: Managing IC and overlapping conditions" has a chapter "Understanding Chemical Sensitivities and Environmental Illness". You might want to check it out. The book is available in the ICN store on this website.
And if you feel truly inspired to read, there is a newly diagnosed patient kit that includes the "Patient to Patient" book, the "IC Survival Guide", and "A Taste of the Good Life" (IC cookbook). I highly recommend this kit!
08-08-2004, 02:52 PM
I agree wonderful books to read !
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