A few years I realized that Windex makes me sneeze. I think I have built up an intolerance to ammonia. I avoid it at all cost. Luckily they take pity on me at work and buy less-toxic cleaners. Today I had a bad reaction to some ammonia fumes. Men went on the roof at work to clean the air-conditioner. We were not given any notice. All the fumes from the cleaners they used poured into the shop. Almost immediately one co-worker had to leave because of her allergies to ammonia. I felt very ill but stayed out of a stupid sense of duty. I should have gone to the doctor or to bed. It was amazing how a little ammonia can ruin a persons day. I haven’t felt that nauseous since I was pregnant. Yes, it reminded me of the dreaded morning sickness. Yuck! Most of the effects have worn away. My lungs still feel strange. While two of us had very bad reactions, most employees only noticed stinging eyes, lips or nothing. I guess I’m just a sensitive girl.
Have you built up any allergies or sensitivities over the years?
“Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.” – Marian Wright Edelman
- Ammonia Leak at Ice Cream Factory (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- Ammonia leak sends worker to hospital (wivb.com)
- Lilydale to pay $180K for 2009 ammonia leak (cbc.ca)