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Hello, I was wondering if anyone has experienced an asthma flare when exposed to paint fumes? And, if so, how long did it take for the VOC's to be removed from your house? Thank you.

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  • Pljohns

    Oh my YES!!!  As long as the paint smell was anywhere around, I had problems and when we closed the house up to go to work, the smell intensifies.  if at all possible, you may want to consider an air purifier.  Amazon has one for smells  and it works (I have it running all the time) and paid about $130 for it but it has been well worth it.  We now get low/no VOC paint if we have to do any painting.

  • MQS

    Can you share the name of the purifier that you like? I would love to look it up. I have not been able to live at my house over the last few weeks, and I could really use a solution! Thank you!

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, and bummer on the paint fumes, @MQS! I, too, have issues with fumes and chemicals — they don't mix well with my lungs!

    In addition to any suggestion Lynn may have, maybe you could check out the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program. I'm quoting here …

    The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. You can find certified products and services such as carpet cleaning, flooring, vacuums and more at 

  • Pljohns

    This is the new model from Amazon-it allowed me to work in a new building days after construction was complete so I highly recommend it.

  • MQS

    Thank you everyone for the feedback, it really makes a difference for me to know that there is support out there! Thank you!

     

  • K8sMom2002

    I hope you can find the right air purifier for you! Let us know what you do find and how it works. What other things are you trying? 

    Was this oil or acrylic latex paint? I dread it when anyone uses oil paint because for me it gives me trouble a lot longer than acrylic latex. 

  • MQS

    Hi, it was a latex paint, and I have never had this kind of reaction before. I appreciate the support!

  • K8sMom2002

    @MQS, ugh on the reaction! Have you checked in with your doctor to see if you should change up your asthma action plan?

    I'm sure you may have tried this already — or would if you could — but could you try opening a window and putting a box fan in it the window backwards? So that it is pulling air out of the room? And also making sure that you have good cross ventilation?

    I can understand if your environmental allergies may not allow you to open a window. But that's what my mom did after she had bedrooms re-painted in her house. She had asthma and COPD, and fumes like that got her as well.

    @Pljohns, what other things have worked for you in the past?

  • Pljohns

    I have a super mask and I know several others here do too that filters out smells.  You definitely couldn't sleep in it but to at least be around the smell it really helps.  Amazon carries some good ones specifically for smells.

  • Jen

    @MQS Welcome to AAFA's support forums.    Have you found a way to go back to your house?

  • MQS

    I am not back yet. We ordered an air purifier to help with the fumes, we will be running that over the next week, and hopefully I will be able to be back soon. Thank you.

  • Jen

    @MQS Have you been able to get back to your house?  Any issues with asthma flares?

  • K8sMom2002

    One other tip … since a person can never have too many air cleaners! AAFA has a series of blogs with lots of clean air tips — — and there's a giveaway!

    The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and Dyson are giving away three certified asthma & allergy friendly® Dyson Pure Cool™ Link air cleaners. So don't forget to comment and vote in order to get your shot at one of those air cleaners!

  • Jen

    @MQS Thinking of you and hoping you are back in your house!  Stop in to update us when you can.