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It seems almost conclusive, I have developed an allergy to epoxy and my boatbuilding days are over.
Since November I have had severe poison ivy-like rashes all over my neck, shoulders and arms controllable only with steroid injections and a regimen of prednisone. Docs couldnt figure it out. I knew there seemed to be a temporal correlation with me rebuilding the transom on my Tolman Skiff beginning in November but I was not working with uncured epoxy then, just cuttings and dust.. When I began working with the resin I would get it all over my bare hands and it never bothered me there. I use my fingers to smooth the uncured epoxy seemingly with no ill effects.
After a week of a lot of sanding, grinding and putting on glass and epoxy putty, I am in trouble an am nearly bathing in prescription strength cortisone cream. However, last night i was telling my son, "It makes no sense, I get it all over my hands without any effect at all" He then says, "I've seen how you work, every time you get it on your hands you immediately use that FAst Orange cleaner on your hands and then wash them to get it off but you wait for hours after sanding to take a shower, Of course your hands are clear but your neck and shoulders where the dust falls has that rash and so do your arms where you get covered with the sanding dust".
Unfortunately, in Tallahassee where the temperature and humidity routinely reach 99, suiting up in Tyvek, gloves and a respirator is not an option. So, not sure if I will ever build another boat.