Has you ever became ill after using a line-trimmer?
The last two times that I've trimmed growth that was as tall I was, I
ended up inadvertently inhaling some of the pulverized debris, and each
night after that, I've ended up with a brief upper-respiratory
I figured is was the inhalation of mold or fungus that caused it.
I was just curious if this could be a common thing when line-trimming massive
amounts of vegetation.
Either way, I'm going to have to start remembering to use dust-mask from
Well, the blame has certainly been established. Now let's get on to the
good part, the guilt.
I saw nothing in the way of positive statements that said the same thing or
offered suggestions: You could mow it more often; you could apply
herbicide; etc, etc, etc.
When you insert why into an answer, it loses any credibility.
Maybe the OP is disabled, like myself. Maybe he's working all the time to
keep up with the Obamas. Maybe he's spread thin with all his
If you want to see a good answer, look at mine.
Not so much from string trimming, but when I use the lawnmower it kicks up a
lot of dust and then for the next couple days I sneeze a lot. Or when I do
other landscaping projects that raise the vegetation dust I get what feels
like upper respiratory allergies. So I wonder if you are also having a kind
of allergic reaction. I take Claritin (over the counter) and that helps a
Doing much of anything to the green stuff outside bothers me. (Why did I
buy a house again?) Not just breathing in the dust/pollen/whatever, but
even skin contact. It does seem to bother me less in hot muggy weather,
when I am sweating enough to block easy entry to the skin pores, I
guess. Or maybe the pollen is just at a low point by then, I dunno.
Anyway, a dust mask and safety glasses to keep stuff from spraying right
into your eyes may help. I always jump right into a long shower right
after working outside, that seems to minimize the symptoms.
What I really need is a steady supply of teenage kids that work cheap,
but there do not seem to be any of those around here. And I'm too cheap
to pay the $50+ for a lawn service. (That is the old fellow in a beat up
pickup- the guys in the shiny trucks start at twice that.) But if you
are bothered that bad, it may be worth it to you to make arrangements
with somebody in the area to at least do a rough-cut a few times a
summer, or even just as needed when you call them a couple days before
Your 'temporary house' must be in an isolated area. Around here, even in
this barely-governed rural township, once weeds and such get over knee
high, and any neighbors or passers-by can see them and complain, they
mow it and bill you.
Oh I never use a trimmer without safety glasses. I never use a mower
without em either.
The biggest irratation to me in the summer is chiggers.
Personal bug spray helps, but I always take a very thorough shower after
I've been outdoors for any length of time. I can't stand itchy chigger
Yes, a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is required to reach the location on all
but the dryest of days, which
makes it difficult to find people willing to do any sort of work on that
property, inside or out.
I just this year started wearing a particle mask when I mow the lawn in the
summer. Makes a BIG difference in the way I feel afterwards, along the
lines of the effect you get the first time you wear hearing protection while
construction sites during my teenage years. I might have a little more
of my hearing left. I was never into rock'n'roll concerts and never had
a high-power stereo, so those are the only damaging exposures I had. But
other than the jackhammer guys, nobody wore them back then. I wear muffs
using any power equipment now, funny looks from the neighbors be damned.
I want to hold on to what little hearing I have left.
I always wear earplugs when I mow, trim, hit a nail with a hammer, or
anything else that seems uncomfortable. If have sensitive hearing, and I
enjoy still being able to hearing failt sounds off in the distance that other
When I got my hearing aids, I walked out, and was amazed at how loud the
birds were. At night I could hear crickets. And other little sounds. Like
aemerijers, I wish I had taken more care, but in a lot of the situations I
worked, hearing protection would have been a hindrance, as one had to listen
to some of the sounds and other workmen. My hearing is very bad.
My exposures were very loud machinery, all manner of things. Compressors,
needle scalers, compressed air tools, and industrial diving. In training,
we used to blow down to 200' in 40 seconds. That has to toughen up the
eardrums after a time. And then all the other up and down trips in up to
305' of water.
If I had it to do over, I'd do it different. I would stay in college, and
probably been a liberal.
Maybe being hard of hearing isn't so bad after all.
That statement seems to contradict itself. If I *don't* have a strong
immune system, then my histamine response should be weak. If my histamine
response was too *strong*, then that would be a manifestation of an
allergic reaction, an *overactive* immune system.
Anyway, the symptoms took at least 6 hours to reach its peak, long after
the job was done, and the only thing that seems like a reasonable
explanation to me is that mold/fungus had infested my upper respiratory
tract, and my immune system reacted swiftly and dealt with the
If it were simply an allergic reaction, I would think that the symptoms
would have developed far more rapidly, and then resolved in a similar
What were your symptoms? Earlier you wrote it was an upper respiratory
infection, but infection is more like a diagnosis, not a symptom. For
example, hard to breathe, pain anywhere, sneezing, stuffy head, sore throat
etc.? When I get the allergies from dust kicked up while pulverizing
vegetation, my symptoms are a stuffy head, lots of sneezing, and my voice
changes. It feels very similar to a cold.
Within an hour or so, there was noticeable itchiness in the throat. That
symptom I could simply attribute to an allergy, so it may or may not be
coincidental to the later symptoms.
Maybe six hours later, after I had returned home had a long
shower, my throat would start swelling, my head would start swimming,
mucus production in the upper respiratory area would increase, and light
coughing would start.
It generally felt like I had a cold, and it lasted throughout the next
I have been suggesting that it was probably mold/fungus because I have
recently experience a very similar reaction after having inspected a
mold-filled house that had suffered from water damage. As in that
instance, the symptoms came on later that night, lasted for about a day,
and felt just like having a brief cold.
One thing that I was lacking from your description was sneezing. In none
of the previously mentioned instances did I experience any sneezing.
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