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Severe Wool Allergy

wool trouble Community Member July 29, 2009
  • I had never had a reaction to wool (my brother had a hat and blanket made of wool) until I went into the Navy.  The first day when we were given our bed linens, including a wool blanket, and the 80 of us recruits started to make our beds, I just about stopped breathing and had to be rushed to the medics (at that point we were not sure what actually caused the reaction).  Then the next day, the same thing happened and it was noted that it was when the wool blankets were being shaken that I started to have breathing difficulty and had hives start to break out on my ears, face, neck, arms, etc.  They could not keep me in the hospital and had to keep sending me back into this atmosphere.  I had to wear a mask over my nose and mouth, because even though I wasn't touching the wool, I would have a severe reaction just being there.  I was finally discharged after nine days of being there.  I have seen an Allergist and he says I do have a severe wool allergy and that he does not recommend attempting to de-sensitize me.  Now if someone is in the same area as me (I do not have to touch it) and they are wearing wool I will have a reaction that starts with hoarseness, then difficulty breathing, hives, and so on.  Since I have been home for about a year and a half I have had to go to the emergency room 3 times and now carry an EPI Pen.  My question is since I was in the concentrated atmospere of wool, is that what caused me to start having an Allergy to wool?

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  • Need to know
    Jan. 13, 2011

    While the medical community does not usually think wool can cause such a problem, I think there are some of us who are extremely allergic. I have the same type of allergy to wool but it is not my lungs that are affected, I get a terrible headache and sore throat. It feels like my throat is swollen shut for days after wearing my recycled wool...

    RHMLucky777

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    While the medical community does not usually think wool can cause such a problem, I think there are some of us who are extremely allergic. I have the same type of allergy to wool but it is not my lungs that are affected, I get a terrible headache and sore throat. It feels like my throat is swollen shut for days after wearing my recycled wool coat. There is another possiblity that most people don't think of and in your case I would look into, I have noticed that I get a severe asthma attack when I am in a house that uses Febreeze, Gain detergent or Glade plugins. My cousin uses all three and I can no longer go over there. Have you been exposed to any of these?

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      Jean
      Jul. 20, 2012

      I just had a severe reaction to adhesive tape;  I was in the hospital for tests and the area where they used medical tape became red, raised, swollen, icthy.  I have a lifelong allergy to wool fabrics; and avoid them.  I found out that medical adhesive contains lanolin; and lanolin is derived from sheep products.  Therefore a allergic reaction! ...

      RHMLucky777

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      I just had a severe reaction to adhesive tape;  I was in the hospital for tests and the area where they used medical tape became red, raised, swollen, icthy.  I have a lifelong allergy to wool fabrics; and avoid them.  I found out that medical adhesive contains lanolin; and lanolin is derived from sheep products.  Therefore a allergic reaction!  Also- once home I reserched other products that may cause me a problem so I should avoid them; and I came across your comment about air fresheners;  YES!  I have that problem also, especially with Air Wick.  I cough violently, my throat closes up and the symptoms of difficulty breathing can last for days.   I also had a very bad reaction to Vitamin D, prescribed to me by a physician; come to find out that the Vit D was derived from sheep.  I guess sheep and me need to part company.