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How can I tell if I'm allergic to fiberglass?

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I experience an allergic reaction when applying fiberglass nails. My sinuses inflame and I cannot breathe through my nose. I’ve tried wearing a mask, using an air cleaner, and have tried many different glues, all with no luck. This happens with brush activators, spray activators, and also when applying tips. Acrylic does not bother me at all as long as there’s no glue involved. Do you know of any non-allergenic glue on the market?

A.

All of the glues used in nail products contain a form of acrylic. To my knowledge, there are no non-allergenic acrylic glues currently available. From your description, it appears that you have a marked allergy to the acrylic material found in glue. This perhaps maybe aggravated by fiberglass. I suggest a complete evaluation by an allergist because with this severe sensitivity it may not be advisable for you to continue working with these products.

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