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sad sam06/02/2012 17:16:20
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hi there
i have been having health problems over the past 18 months ie
itchy eyes sore throat skin irritations breathing problems ashtma like
runny nose to the extent my mate nick named me flu bug plus a rash of boils
the doctor has had me on several antibiotics and inhalers but they have been none to little good
recently i found a web site telling me the dangers of working with yew and guess what all my symtems are there
i have binned all the remainder of my yew i will not use it again
just thought i would let you all know how you may be affected by this wood
it says that people react differently to the wood
Mark Sutton06/02/2012 18:28:34
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Hi Sam

I am sorry to hear about your illness,
I too suffered sometime ago, and found out i was allergic to Yew. Get better soon.
Big Al06/02/2012 18:41:40
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Never had a problem with yew, padauk does it to me!
dennis wake06/02/2012 18:43:02
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hi Robby
sorry to here about your alments. as for the wood hope yew have saved some for me yew know i like the timber. will see yew on wednesday.
Roger Provins07/02/2012 07:27:09
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Yew does affect me slightly but more skin irritation than breathing. I once unknowingly got some shavings down a sock and that evening I found my foot was patchily bright red!
For me Iroko is the worst - brings on all the symptoms of impending flu.

Edited By Roger Provins on 07/02/2012 07:27:41

Oddjob07/02/2012 09:16:40
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Sam , I am very sorry to learn about your health problems. Are you sure that they were caused by yew wood? Have you had allergy tests to prove that it was the wood and not something completely different. The symptoms you describe could be caused by many things. Self diagnosis using the internet is unwise without the confirmation from a medical professional. Even if the symptoms go away now that you have got rid of the yew it does not prove that the wood was the cause. Why not ask your doctor to arrange allergy tests for you? You may be unnecessarily denying yourself the enjoyment of producing things from yew. Good luck.
Simon Reeves07/02/2012 13:02:35
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Sorry to hear of your problems Sam. I'm a bit like Roger - iroko makes me cough and cough, but I seem to be OK with yew (so far anyway). As for padauk...
As was mentioned in a different thread, all parts of a yew are poisonous to some extent , but I agree with Richard about getting tested for a specific allergy to it. It would be a shame not to be able to use such a beautiful timber, but at least you could be sure. Hope the symptoms improve soon.
gerald meager07/02/2012 16:17:38
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How much Yew have you got left and if any quantity are you selling it. Get well soon Ged
Toothy07/02/2012 19:57:36
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Hi Sam
I have just read this thread (not been online for a while) and was reminded of similar cases close to home.
If working other woods dosen't cause the same problems, by default, it is yew that is the problem.
Get rid of it. Clean the work room thoroughly. use a good vacuum cleaner preferably one with a water filter (eg a Rainow type) all while wearing a good mask.
I have just lost a friend with lung cancer, nearly had two other friends incapacitated.
Otherwize enjoy your turning.
Andrew07/02/2012 21:48:26
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Oddjob, being in the medical profession, I can say that you can never get your skin tested for yew or anyother wood etc.. The best is to avoid those allergens. So, sadsam, stay away from yew and if that resolves the problem then you got your culprit.
Oddjob08/02/2012 19:57:58
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Andrew, I don't wish to make an issue of this but please be assured that you can get allergy tested for yew or for anything else for that matter. I have an asthmatic grandson who has been tested for allergic reaction to numerous materials - yew pollen amongst them! If you Google allergy testing you will see.
sad sam09/02/2012 10:27:41
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hi all
sorry for the delay in replying but i have been busy
my problems are getting better now and i am 100% sure it is yew that iscausing all my problems so no more yew
i had two sacks of yew but gave it to a friend who will give some to denis hopefully two people who have been good to me so tit for tat as they say
thank you all for your concern and please if any of you are experiencing similar problems
leave the wood alone for a while and see if you improve
thankyou once more
Oddjob09/02/2012 11:49:52
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Posted by sad sam on 09/02/2012 10:27:41: please if any of you are experiencing similar problems leave the wood alone for a while and see if you improve
Glad you are getting better Sam. That's good advice you are giving.

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