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Why do I have headaches at work?

Q.

I am a nail technician, and for about a year I have had headaches at work. I thought it was just stress, but one Friday I got a very painful migraine headache at the salon, and I swelled up. I stayed in bed all weekend. Four days later I still had the headache. I am scared to go to my doctor. I am using a 3M respirator to work and am looking for a ventilation hood to use at my station. What could be the problem?

A.

Your symptoms may be due to acrylic allergy. Inhalation of the fumes at work might possibly result in the symptoms you describe. I feel your medical complaints are very signuicm1t and should certainly be evaluated by a physician. It is also possible that the headache and swelling may be due to other causes; therefore a visit to your doctor is definitely” indicated. She will probably perform some blood tests and allergy tests to determine if it’s an allergy or if you are suffering from overexposure.

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