wood alergies

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Blog entry by Ronsway posted 10-10-2019 09:54 PM 280 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working with some pine and fir construction grade and my hands started to get dry and cracked. I found that sawdust can cause contact dermatitis. Has anybody else had this issue and what helped??

-- Ronsway, North Carolina

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#1 posted 10-10-2019 10:49 PM

1) This post is wrong place, this is not a blog, it is a forum question.

2) Wood sensitivity and/or allergy issues are very common.
Read about wood it here:

3) If you are sensitive to wood, only 2 chioces:
a) don’t use any wood that bothers you, or
b) wear proper protection

4) Don’t recommend using any hand lotion while working in wood shop. Many contain silicone’s and can contaminate your wood surfaces and create finishing issues. If you use a lotion before working in shop, be sure to wear gloves, or pick a non-silicone containing lotion.

5) When my hands are cracked, I use Working Hands or Working Mans Friend branded lotions when I am done in shop.


-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#2 posted 10-11-2019 12:36 PM

I have skin sensitivity when I work with Rosewood. Nothing else, just Rosewood. So, I keep nitrile gloves on when I work with it to prevent the rash I inevitably get when I saw or sand it.

When a type of wood bothers you, take measures to avoid contact or inhaling it. Just because the pine and fir irritate your skin, doesn’t mean other wood types will :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 10-12-2019 02:14 AM

I get deathly allergic from blood wood, and fir. Go figure. It’s a good thing that I’m not allergic to walnut and oak, is all I have to say! Mostly, if I have to cut wood and I’m sensitive to it, I do it outside the “shop”. Once I discover a wood that I am sensitive to, I don’t use it any more. So many species, so little time!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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