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Allergic Reaction to GW Books?
« on: October 12, 2021, 02:37:51 PM »
Okay, so this is a weird one:

I am literally allergic to whatever chemical they used to do the matte finish on the 2021 Tourney Pack and Munitorium manual. Like, if I touch the book or handle it for any amount of time, my asthma flares up and I need to use an inhaler, lest I be coughing for the next twenty minutes.

Two things:
1) Has anyone heard of this happening before?
2) What can I do about it?

The book is a really useful reference guide and not being able to touch it is a pain in the ass. Right now it's in a sealed ziploc bag in my wife's closet, because even sitting next to it at my desk was irritating my lungs. Google has turned up nothing, so I turn to you, 40KO. Any ideas? It's not like I can run it through the wash.

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Re: Allergic Reaction to GW Books?
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2021, 02:54:12 PM »
I've not heard of this happening in relation to GW books specifically, however, allergies to new books is not unknown.  I regular suffer from nasal irritation or a dry cough when opening some new books because of the print on the page still having quite a strong smell and I am very sensitive to news print, which is why I had to stop reading hard copy newspapers some years ago.

It sounds to me as though the chemical that they have used to protect and/or seal the cover is the problem.  I'm not sure that there is much that can be done about it in the short term.  It should fade with time, so maybe try leaving it for a while?  The alternative is to remove the cover, but that would completely destroy the book, so it's a rather extreme measure.  My suggestion would be to put it in a room on a window ledge where the window is open more or less all day (i.e. a room that you rarely use and enter) and see whether that allows the smell to dissipate.
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Re: Allergic Reaction to GW Books?
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2021, 06:40:50 PM »
Holy crap, that's wild.

Is one of those book covers they use in schools applicable here? Maybe some variant that's entirely sealed?


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