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Can I get a headache from working with nail products?

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“I started training in September using the liquid and powder system. Last week I have developed an extremely painful headache, which is in one area (left eyebrow). I am wondering if this has anything to do with the products or perhaps a separate issue altogether. Is this a known issue? Is this similar to something heard from before? Looking for answers as it is affecting day-to-day life currently. Thanks!”

If the headache only happens when you are working with L&P and not at other times, then it is a possible reaction to the product or the dust.

One of the many symptoms of sensitivity or an allergy is headaches. My suggestions would be to work cleanly and keep vapours and dust to a minimum (e.g. keep the liquid monomer covered when not using it, change your desk towels often to remove dust created during filing, discard where you wipe your brush often, etc.).

I suggest you invest in a good quality vapour and dust extraction system, and have it working during application and filing. Work in a well-ventilated area. Wear a face mask that is N95 or 99 or FFP2 or 3. Wear gloves and long sleeves to protect your skin from dust.

Last thing: make sure you use a medium dry bead so there are no unreacted monomers left in the overlay that will be released when you file and buff.

If you are developing a sensitivity/allergy it will only get worse, unless you take all necessary measures.

I suggest you also watch the short video Allergies and How They Happen on the website as that will explain a lot.

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