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Swollen fingers, bleeding. Used goof off. What can be done?

My friend used Goof-Off in January and about a week later her fingers became swollen, skin began to split and bleed . Now it appears to be in both hands . She is a young Mom of 3 little ones 5,2 and 7 months with no insurance at all. I am worried and will help any way I can, don t know what to do. Her hands are really bad. Please help. Marilyn, Atlanta, Ga
Asked On : Fri, 29 Mar 2013
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Hello Ms Marilyn,

Goof Off contains a strong solvent xylene along with 2-ethanol. The problems usually appear after prolonged use in poorly ventilated areas. It can be dangerous if inhaled.

Your friend has an allergic reaction to contents of Goof Off. Do not expose any further to Goof Off or any product containing xylene. You should get her seen by a doctor at the earliest, so that anti-allergy medication along with appropriate antibiotics can be started without further delay. If you wait, she may be in for much more trouble. This is an emergency.

In future she must be very cautious in handling paints, solvents, and cleaning chemicals. Avoid direct contact by using a pair of gloves to handle any of these.

Hope your friend gets better of her allergy. Thanks a lot for using

Answered: Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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