She saw recent letter to the editor in the Free Press. She is concerned because she has a suppressed immune system. She suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. She gets allergies from the fluff from cottonwood trees in mid-May.
She has terrible respiratory and dermal symptoms.
Dermal symptoms: She has open, suppurating ulcers on her face and body since shortly after the switch to chloramine. Her dermatologist told her he has seen nothing like this before and has cultured it to see if he can get to the bottom of the problem. Meanwhile, she is using prescription Mupirocin ointment, which doesn’t work. (This week, when she was there for an appt., a nurse in the office told her that some of the MDs in that practice are having dermal symptoms as well.)
Respiratory Symptoms: Her symptoms were especially bad this spring- she knew it was an especially bad year for allergies. They’ve got worse and worse, however, since the pollen season has passed. She feels she is getting asthma. She wheezes and is short of breath- she says it is a very scary feeling. She never had these symptoms or asthma in the past. She says taking a shower wipes her out. She really has a hard time breathing after a shower even though she has the door open, 2 fans on and the window open.
She called to make an appt. with her allergist in May and this week was the earliest she could get in. He tested her breathing: 20% below normal. He’s given her an inhaler to use 2x a day called Advantair Diskus . He told her he is also quite concerned about the ulcers on her face and body.
The Dr. recommended to her to get a whole house water filtration system to remove the chloramine. He told her that his patient load is huge since the switch to chloramine. Apparently he believes that the chloramine is to blame for her condition because of so many new patients exhibiting the same symptoms are coming in this summer.
She is daunted by the idea of staying completely away from the water in order to get better. She is going to order spring water delivered to the house. At first she’s going to try rinsing off with spring water after a short-as-possible shower in cold water and wash her face in the mornings with spring water. If that doesn’t work then she is going to bathe completely in spring water and see if her skin clears up and if her breathing improves.
She mentioned that she washes her clothes in warm or hot water and that the laundry room is tiny and fills up with steam. When that happens she starts to wheeze, gets short of breath, and has to get out of there.
Because of the open sores on her skin, she constantly has bloody clothing and says she cannot get the blood out because of this new water disinfectant. She says she’s had to throw out a lot of clothing — mostly underwear.