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- Acetone and liver damage
- CA allergies
|The following is a newsgroup posting from someone concerned
about the effects of acetone and liver damage...
Just a quickie about using any of the super distillates like acetone, benzene, even propyl and yes, methyl alcohol: these compounds, while fairly simple molecules compared to modern sophisticated toxins like plastics (PVC, etc.), are still very dangerous to us, especially as modellers since we use them a lot. We all know that being around these fumes is irritating to exterior organs like skin, eyes, lungs, etc. (brain ;-) But what is not mentioned very often is the effects they have internally.
Skin is very permeable, and readily soaks in solvents like acetone, which then go to the liver for removal from the blood, and even in relatively low concentrations can cause irreversible damage to the liver. The liver is our most important organ after the heart and it's power supply (brain). It is so important that it will continue to function normally until nearly 90% of it has been destroyed (by toxins) at which time you are REALLY up the creek! Just because the miracle wisdom of the body prevents you from feeling any effects from an acetone hand bath now (while your liver still has excess capacity to filter) doesn't mean there is no effect. You will feel it later when you really need that liver at 100%, like when fighting off a serious illness (Let me hear that balsa wood knocking!)
Moral: PLEASE use solvent PROOF gloves when handling these substances (latex will melt). And use overkill to the max for ventilation, like a fan blowing while outside! Be especially careful with chemicals that are used frequently, like glow fuel and even epoxy glue whose fumes are more toxic than polyester resin. Remember the old tales about blind and impotent from drinking the wrong brew? Don't let raw fuel contact your skin if you can help it, and if some does, wipe it quick before it all soaks in, then rinse it with water. Too bad ethanol isn't very good (as a fuel, that is... ;-) because it is harmless (in moderation, as my father says...)
I would be happy to provide some reading references if anyone actually gets this far through my boring post! I thank you for reading this, you guys are way too valuable to risk to chance! Knowledge is power.
Rich Hollyday (firstname.lastname@example.org) Raleigh, NC
A few postings from people affected by CA allergies...
> > I have Asthma, and have to stay away from all CA types. I used
> Asthma and isocyanate sensitivity are two different things. I don't have
I have had a similar experience to other people in this thread, a