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I'm having constant headaches at work and am nervous about what might be causing them.

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.

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 significant 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 yon are suffer­ing from overexposure.

 

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