Avoiding Milk Protein
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Reation to Soap
When I was in high school, I developed a rash on my hands, that would come and go. After a while I concluded the rash would come after I went to the washroom in one wing of the school, but not after using the washrooms in the other wings.
This did not make sense to me, so I spoke to one of the teachers in the wing that I had the problem. We concluded the person to talk to was the janitor, or custodian.
The custodian, explained that he ordered a new hand soap, and planned to replace the old soap, with a new soap. We both agreed I was allergic to the new soap he was using in the wing I was having the problem with.. We brained stormed what to do, being afraid I would not be able to wash my hands using school soap, and having to bring my own soap.
He came up with a simple, but brilliant idea of putting the soap I was allergic to in the boys washroom, and the soap I was not allergic to in the girls. The rash looked similar to the reactions I still have, if I handle dandelions.
My rash went away, the next week the custodian reported to me that he was able to stop the orders of the new soap, and continue with the old soap. We looked at the ingredient lists of the soaps and were not able to figure out the ingredient that I was allergic to.
This story happened many years ago, but it could happen today. Everyone at the school should know about your (or your child's) allergy. A little school cooperation goes along way.