U hairs on sweat shirt?

Jacobchinarian

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So today my dad looked down at his arms and realized his arms had broken out in hives. Before that he had touched the sweat shirt I was wearing. Later that day i patted my hands on my sweatshirt and instantly my hands looked like the skin on it was dying and it itched. The itch went away after a few seconds but the dead skin look stayed for about an hour. I soon made the connection and went to get my microscope. Infortunetly due to the microscope being cheap I couldn't focus it. Could these possibly be u hairs.
 

Mojo Jojo

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Were you wearing the shirt when you were doing some cleaning of a hair filled enclosure or while handling a hard core flicker?
 

Jacobchinarian

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Were you wearing the shirt when you were doing some cleaning of a hair filled enclosure or while handling a hard core flicker?
Ya I think while I was working in my theraphosa stirmi's cage. I'm always wearing a sweat shirt so maybe I just have to stop doing chemistry experiment in it.
 

Rue

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Hair is hair (no matter the source). If it's on your shirt...it can still affect you or someone who touches your shirt.

If you're sensitive, I'd suggest something like a lab coat...something you wear over your clothes while cleaning the T's cage or otherwise dealing with them. Doesn't have to be anything fancy...just an old over-sized shirt would do it.

When you're done cleaning...shake it out really good (outside and down-wind) and then launder.
 

Jacobchinarian

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Hair is hair (no matter the source). If it's on your shirt...it can still affect you or someone who touches your shirt.

If you're sensitive, I'd suggest something like a lab coat...something you wear over your clothes while cleaning the T's cage or otherwise dealing with them. Doesn't have to be anything fancy...just an old over-sized shirt would do it.

When you're done cleaning...shake it out really good (outside and down-wind) and then launder.
I don't know iv never had a problem with hairs. The reason I ask is because I had such a bad reaction.
 

Rue

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I don't know iv never had a problem with hairs. The reason I ask is because I had such a bad reaction.
...could well be you're developing allergies. If so, you need to manage them now before it gets so bad you have to get rid of your Ts...
 

Moltar

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Learned this one the hard way. Now I have a couple of long sleeve shirts that basically function as hair smocks for when i'm spiderin'. I also have latex gloves for dealing with urty substrate, etc and I always, always wash up after working with urties.

Want a bad day? Handle your B. smithi and then go have a pee without washing your hands. Won't do that twice...
 

Mojo Jojo

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I second what Rue said. If you do a search on urticating hair, a common theme will arise where people state they didn't start out allergic to the hairs, but developed a high sensitivity to them over time. This is true with most allergies in general. People generally aren't born with them. They develop over a series of exposures.
 

Londoner

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Want a bad day? Handle your B. smithi and then go have a pee without washing your hands. Won't do that twice...
OUCH! I've become super sensitive to Brachypelma U-hairs over the years (just as Big Dragonfly described) and reading this made my eyes water :eek:.
 

Rue

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...I shouldn't laugh...but I can just imagine what the doctor would say if you needed to book an appointment...:D
 
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