My client all of a sudden seems allergic to fiberglass. Why?


A friend has been wearing fiberglass nails for approximately two to three years without any problems, then  she discovered a dry, flaky irritation beneath and around her nostrils. She went to her doctor who said he suspected she was allergic to the disinfectant she used to clean her tanning rooms. She stopped cleaning the rooms herself, but still her condition worsened. She developed a severe headache and nausea. Then, while brushing her teeth one morning, she discovered her gums were receding. Her dentist told her sometimes this happens as people age. My friend is only 38 so I find this hard to believe. The technician who was doing my friends nails had sold her the fiberglass products so she could maintain her nails at home. My friend asked me to do a fill and I told her that, as I had just started nail school, I hadn’t learned how to apply fiberglass yet, but I would try if she talked me through it. The moment I opened the thin glue to set the fiberglass, tears streamed from her eyes. She told me that happened all the time, and it also caused her eyes and the inside of her nose to burn. When I relayed this information to my instructor at school, she said it sounded like a severe internal allergic reaction, and that my friend should remove the product immediately and find a different system.


 It sounds as if you made a correct analysis in the ease of your friend. From the symptoms you described, you advised her correctly that the fiberglass material should not be used and she should be under the care of a physician until all symptoms have cleared. There are many treatments, such as antihistamines or steroids, for more severe, cases. To prevent her symptoms, she will have to avoid the product altogether. If this is done, there are usually no permanent after-effects.

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