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   Posted 12/2/2016 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all!

I am new to this forum. I have Lyme disease and co infections but lately I have been battling with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and allergies on top of it.

We are living in my parents home now because we are getting treatment for my Lyme 1500 miles away from my current home is. Living back with my parents I have noticed my father uses so many different toxic cleaners and now that winter is here they don't open any windows for ventilation.

My father has also been using stains and paints and polyurethane to make custom furniture which is his sole business. It never used to bother me that much but now when he does it inside in the basement workshop...I can smell it all the way two floors up and get violently ill. My Lyme doctor said being in this "toxic soup" I will only get worse.

We bought a EL Foust air purifier with activated coconut shell carbon and a HEPA filter. We have had it running for two days in our living space but now I have a a lot of heaviness in my head. Not too stuffed up just feels like a head rush or doing a head stand for about a day now and my husband says he is wheezing...he is a Marine so when he says something may be wrong I start to worry lol.

My question is could the coconut be bothering us from the carbon? Or could it just be the carbon itself?

I hope I am in the correct place and I apologize if not.

Thanks and God Bless,


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Date Joined Jan 2013
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   Posted 12/20/2016 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a formaldehyde sensitivity. From what I've read, HEPA filters are not able to catch the tiny formaldehyde particles. But I have not yet found something that does. Maybe and AustinAir or IQ Air purifier but, those are several hundred dollars. Way out of my price ranges. I have MCS and formaldehyde sensitivities too.
November 2011: Dx'd hypothyroid, treating with Armour thyroid
November 2012: CD57 = 34, then tested positive for lyme & co. (lyme, bart, babesia, myco. pneum., clym. pneum., RMSF, also EBV, HHV-6)
October 2013: MTHFR positive for several mutations
October 2013: resigned from a 15 year career due to lyme & co. symptoms, now attempting to work from home

Joan M
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   Posted 1/6/2017 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
yes for me allergies come with multiple chemical sensitivities. Sounds kinda tricky. How about you and the hub find a place (preferably outdoors) to hang out. At night you can come back to your dad's house. Better yet can't this doc turn you on to someone near your house who can help you.

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   Posted 1/9/2017 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have multiple chemical sensitivity with multiple food problems too. Reading your post I just felt bad for you because I think you will ultimately have to move. Honestly, the toxic cleaners your father uses alone would just about kill me, never mind the stains and paints he uses to make furniture.

I think if you continue to stay there you will likely become worse, and it can progress to a whole new level. I am now at the point where I am sulphur/sulfite, histamine and salicylate intolerant, as well as dairy and gluten intolerant, and so my diet is horribly limited, that's how it can go sometimes..

I dont know anything about air purifiers. But, I can tell you that anything with coconunt in is very bad news for me as it is high in salicylates, this might be something or nothing, but I thought I would mention it.
Stopped smoking Jan 2013. Diagnosed Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014.
Gluten, Dairy, Sulfite, Salicylate, and Histamine intolerant.
Had home FMT treatment in July 2016 to ward off reoccurrence of C DIfficile.
Taking Methotrexate 10mg weekly and on 10g of Prednisone at the moment, hoping it will work for me.
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