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Asthma/Allergy to Artificial Turf

My daughter plays indoor soccer during the cold/winter months in different indoor soccer domes. All of the domes have artificial turf with rubber pelts to add cushion. I have found out the hard way that I can't breathe in the soccer domes after being there only briefly. I have a latex allergy in addition to other allergies.

Does anyone else have asthma/allergy problems after being exposed to artificial turf? Do you have any good resources on this subject?

I feel bad not being able to go to her games. I was really hoping that her indoor games would mean less asthma/allergy problems than her outdoor games. 

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  • Kathy P

    I don't know about artificial turf per see, but in know people who have asthma issues being around any type of latex. I have issues in gyms and I suspect it's my mold allergy. 

    Have you ever tried wearing a mask that is able to filter particles? I'm not sure what the particle size of latex is. 

  • MMKB

    Kathy P. – Thanks for combining my posts. For future posts, how do I post the same post to both forums? Also is there a spell checker feature?

    Yes, I have a mask and I have covered up with my shirt collar. Maybe in the future I will try again to attend a game with my mask when I have better control of my asthma/allergies. I think I need a bubble!!!

  • Kathy P

    Making a post appear in other forums is done by the moderators. You just need to ask. 

    What kind of mask have you tried?

  • MMKB

    Kathy P. – Thanks. Is there a spell checker feature?

    I have a Respro Aero mask.

  • Jen

    My middle 2 play field hockey and lacrosse.  Mostly their turf games are outdoors, but I know those turf pellets are notorious for coming home with us.  Does your dd take off her cleats/turf shoes before going in the house?

  • Katie D

    So sorry to hear what you are going through @MMKB.  I was a soccer player my entire life and have played on these fields and even without asthma or an allergy to latex the smell has always bothered, especially if it was a new turf field or, as with many of those buildings, poorly ventilated.  

    Since I come from a family of soccer players I have read online about these artificial turf fields being made from recycled rubber tires, and some discussion as to whether these are a "healthy" method to use as fields for children (and adults) to play on.  In particular I read an article last year about parents "linking" the turf to causing cancer in their children and for removal of it in some states.

    Currently there is a research study ongoing at the federal level through the EPA, the CDC and other agencies to study key environmental and human health questions related to   The results haven't been published yet.

    Does it seem to bother your daughter or any of her teammates?   I think trying to wear the mask to see if it helps is a good idea.  Maybe it will allow you to watch half of the game at the very least.  

  • LK

    @MMKB,  Sorry to hear that you have to deal with all this.  When our children were younger, they are in their 20s now, they were on soccer and futsal teams and all the indoor arenas had very poor air circulation.  The stuffiness was hard to take and I didn't even have asthma then.

    What does your doctor say about pretreating before you go to the games and wearing a mask?  I hadn't realized how many options there are for masks until I started reading other peoples posts on AAFA.  Some masks work better than others in regards to particulates in the air. 

  • K8sMom2002

    @MMKB, thanks for posting this … it had not occurred to me to think about this, but my DD is allergic to latex and she has asthma. 

    We don't have a lot of indoor athletics on turf — good thing of being down here in the south. But DD may travel further afield for college, and it's something to consider.

    I like the suggestions that Lisa, Jen and Katie have had — do you think a mask might work? 

  • MMKB

    Thanks for your messages. Yes, I have a mask. When I have better control of my asthma/allergies,I will try again to attend a game with my mask. 

    My daughter also has asthma and allergies, but so far she hasn't had any problems playing on the fields or being in the arenas. The question I wrestle with is – Should I continue to allow her to play indoor soccer? When she plays outside soccer, she plays on natural grass.