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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 10, 2008 at 8:14 PM via web

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Allergy sufferers unite!

I'm allergic to just about everything. It seems like the older I get, the more allergies I develop. There's one allergy I've had all my life, and I'd like to know if anyone else out there has it too.

I have to be extremely careful about buying shoes because I am allergic to glue. Shoe manufacturers use glue to hold the insole in place and even to stiffen the toe.  Contact with glue causes me to break out in clusters of tiny water blisters. When I was a child, I suffered tremendously. My feet were raw almost all of the time--except in summer, when I went barefoot most of the time.

It wasn't until I was in my 30s and had several rounds of allergy tests done that I discovered the culprit was glue. My parents tried everything they knew; we tried every itch-relief cream ever made! Every doctor they took me took just shook his head and said it was probably a bad case of athlete's foot. In a 10-year-old girl?! The last time a doctor dared to give me that diagnosis, I took him five pairs of shoes that caused me to break out, three of which were sandals, and dared him to call it athlete's foot.

My doctor still doesn't have a solution other than to give me a shot of cortizone when the break out is really bad and to prescribe a strong anti-itch cream for the rest of the time.

Is there anybody else out there who is allergic to glue? Is anybody interested in joining me in a campaign to persuade shoe companies to stop using glue? I waste hundreds of dollars a year on shoes that I can wear one or two times and have to get rid of because of my allergy.

This might be a trivial matter to some people, but it's very important to me and anyone else who might have a similar allergy. Besides, although I'm very careful about glue exposure, somehow I've gotten it on my hands. I want to scratch my skin off!!!

Please help and your input is much appreciated.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 11, 2008 at 8:16 AM (Answer #2)

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How awful!  Is it all glue, or a component of the glue that causes these break outs, or do they know?  I am so sorry!  I can't imagine how trying this must be for you.

What sort of response have you gotten from the shoe industry if at all?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 11, 2008 at 4:42 PM (Answer #3)

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So far no response. I hate to think the two are connected, but I'm also highly allergic to horses. And you know the old threats about sending worn out horses to the glue factory. Curiously, I'm not allergic to school paste or Elmer's white glue. But I don't dare touch a glue stick or other adhesive. Even bandaids give me problems!

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julieanna72 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 22, 2008 at 4:35 AM (Answer #4)

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So far no response. I hate to think the two are connected, but I'm also highly allergic to horses. And you know the old threats about sending worn out horses to the glue factory. Curiously, I'm not allergic to school paste or Elmer's white glue. But I don't dare touch a glue stick or other adhesive. Even bandaids give me problems!

Hi Linda,

Read your post and was intrigued by your predicament. I couldn't imagine having that happen everytime I put on a pair of shoes!! I did a little browsing on the internet and came across this website: http://pub13.bravenet.com/forum/1053075654. It's a forum for people who are experiencing the same thing you are from what I can see so I thought you might find it interesting. I hope it helps and you are able to find some answers and shoes that won't cause you any pain.

Good luck,

Julie B.

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donnaarndt | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 12, 2009 at 4:24 PM (Answer #5)

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Hi Linda,

 

I too am allergic to the glue in shoes.  It started a couple of years ago and was told that after going thru test that this was the culpit.  It has been so hard for me because I love shoes.  The only shoes I have been able to wear are Eddie Bauer.  Should you find any others please let me know.

 

Thanks,

Donna A. 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 12, 2009 at 8:36 PM (Answer #6)

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Skechers are good--at least the ones made from some kind of soft plastic. I don't wear Crocs, but I'm sure they'd be fine for the same reason. It's the worst itch ever, isn't it?!

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Posted March 9, 2009 at 8:33 AM (Answer #7)

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Allergy sufferers unite!

I'm allergic to just about everything. It seems like the older I get, the more allergies I develop. There's one allergy I've had all my life, and I'd like to know if anyone else out there has it too.

I have to be extremely careful about buying shoes because I am allergic to glue. Shoe manufacturers use glue to hold the insole in place and even to stiffen the toe.  Contact with glue causes me to break out in clusters of tiny water blisters. When I was a child, I suffered tremendously. My feet were raw almost all of the time--except in summer, when I went barefoot most of the time.

It wasn't until I was in my 30s and had several rounds of allergy tests done that I discovered the culprit was glue. My parents tried everything they knew; we tried every itch-relief cream ever made! Every doctor they took me took just shook his head and said it was probably a bad case of athlete's foot. In a 10-year-old girl?! The last time a doctor dared to give me that diagnosis, I took him five pairs of shoes that caused me to break out, three of which were sandals, and dared him to call it athlete's foot.

My doctor still doesn't have a solution other than to give me a shot of cortizone when the break out is really bad and to prescribe a strong anti-itch cream for the rest of the time.

Is there anybody else out there who is allergic to glue? Is anybody interested in joining me in a campaign to persuade shoe companies to stop using glue? I waste hundreds of dollars a year on shoes that I can wear one or two times and have to get rid of because of my allergy.

This might be a trivial matter to some people, but it's very important to me and anyone else who might have a similar allergy. Besides, although I'm very careful about glue exposure, somehow I've gotten it own my hands. I want to scratch my skin off!!!!

Hi Linda.  I,am in exactly the same predicament as you are.  I too am allergic to shoe glue (PTBP to be exact.  It took a year to discover this. A year of constant excruciating pain, infections etc.  Shoes are extremely difficult to come by and when they are, they are extremely expensive, and the styles are something my granny would wear.  I agree that people dont understand ( I too have it on my hands!) A shop assiatant pulled a horrible face when she handed me my change, I felt so humiliated.  I would love to join your campaign.  I just can't afford the shoes anymore.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 9, 2009 at 9:14 AM (Answer #8)

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I don't even try to buy special shoes. I take my chances and try to stick with leather. It is hard to find fashionable shoes, but fortunately I'm getting close to the granny-shoe age!

I sometimes get the blisters on my hands, but if I stay away from all forms of glue, I have no problems.

Also, stay away from horses. Everyone I've known who has this allergy is also highly allergic to horses.

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bluelamb171 | Student , Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 21, 2009 at 12:15 PM (Answer #9)

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  I have been searching the internet for a while trying to find someone else allergic to glue. I have never had a problem with shoes, but I do with many other things. The glue on envolopes, giftcards, ect. I'm still in school where glue is very popular for projects. I have to go to a separate room and use tape. When I get back to class, I have to stand in the front of the class while my classmates clean their desks. The nurse calls me "Glue Girl" and many people either don't belive me, look at me strange, or ask questions. I have an Epi-Pen for my reactions. I get red rashes that spread mostly  on my hands and arms, but each time I have an exposure, it gets worse. Once it went all over my face. I have to carry an Epi-Pen, cortisone cream, and benadryl with me everywhere I go. I carry it in this purse I call my "Epi-Purse".  I was watching Seinfeld once, and George's girlfriend was allergic to glue. My allergy just came out of no where, so then I thought "who's allergic to glue?" now people ask me that. Yeah-I am. It really gets in the way of what I do. I'm getting an allergy test in a little more than a week. One time my mom called the Elmer's glue hotline, and they told us that they couldn't tell us some of the ingredients in glue in case we're from an opposing glue comany who'll steal their formula. Maybe in the allergy test they'll figure out what it is in glue that I'm allergic to.

I hope you find good shoes!

- bluelamb171

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schwer | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 3, 2009 at 12:51 PM (Answer #10)

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So sorry to hear about all of your allergy problems...my husband of 15 years has ALWAYS had the same problem, but so far hasn't gotten anywhere with doctors.  None have really offered any solutions to the problem, nor do they seem to know what the cause could be.  I do not know exactly what the cause of the allergy to his feet is, but he cannot wear sandals, especially, since he does not wear socks with them.  It's very frustrating because he will buy a new pair of shoes or sandals, and then discover that he can't wear them because they make his feet break out horribly! He even tried a pair of the shoes that are similar to Crocs, thinking that they would not cause a breakout...no such luck.  Fortunately he just wore them in the house on several occasions to try them out first, so he was able to take them back to the store.  Thinking I would be nice and find him a pair of sandals for Father's Day, I have been on a search for anti-allergy sandals...not much luck AND very, VERY expensive AND most companies are not in the USA!  Please let me know if anyone else finds anything (preferably under $100)!

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beckyjs8 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 9, 2009 at 7:01 PM (Answer #11)

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Hello. I have this problem. I'm 21 and it's happened to me since I was a kid. My feet would be so bad, my mom took me to doctors and dermatologists but no one helped. The gave extra strentgh Eucerine cream but it just made my skin hydrated. Most of my sandals do this to me ( I rarely wear shoes) . First, I feel my feet tingling, the by the end of the day I have little red spots all over my feet, by the next day and week following my feet are callous with dry skin. After a week, if they are really bad, the skin actually starts cracking. It was worse when I was a kid. I always had bandaids on my feet. Now I can tell ahead of time when they tingle, that the shoes are bad. Stride rite has sewn shoes with no glue, but they aren't always super fashinable, but then neither is peely feet!
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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 21, 2009 at 2:20 PM (Answer #12)

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This sounds like contact dermatitis. Many glues and synthetic materials contain formaldehyde which will cause irritation to those who are sensitive to it.  The other thing that might be happening is a fungal outbreak where the material touches your feet.  Keep your feet clean and dry. Avoid plastic shoes or shoes made with synthetic materials as the glue will contain formaldehyde.  See your doctor and ask them to do a culture on the spots to see exactly what is causing the irritation.

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jneenie1976 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 28, 2009 at 2:43 PM (Answer #13)

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Not sure if anyone will see this message - the thread is old.

I have bought 5 pairs of GABOR shoes/boots and have been wearing them all since October 8th. Absolutely chuffed. They live up to their allergy free statement.

I am Ptbp resin / colophony / nickel / cobalt - MEGA Sensative. Not had a true pair of shoes since diagnosed 7 years ago.

I AM truly wearing shoes/ boots without single reaction at all. I have now got 5 pairs. Shoes / pumps / ankle boots/ knee high boots. THE LOT. Completely allergy free.

I would put my life on it! - if you need shoes and you have same allergy as myself....buy GABOR!

GABOR are expensive - but I got massive discount bargains from AMAZON. More than half price. There's bargains on Ebay too from time to time.

So sorry for the men out there...GABOR only do womens shoes.

I hope this message reaches the outside world....it could help so many of you.

Good luck xxxxxxxxxxx

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irishemerald | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM (Answer #15)

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Allergy sufferers unite!

I'm allergic to just about everything. It seems like the older I get, the more allergies I develop. There's one allergy I've had all my life, and I'd like to know if anyone else out there has it too.

I have to be extremely careful about buying shoes because I am allergic to glue. Shoe manufacturers use glue to hold the insole in place and even to stiffen the toe.  Contact with glue causes me to break out in clusters of tiny water blisters. When I was a child, I suffered tremendously. My feet were raw almost all of the time--except in summer, when I went barefoot most of the time.

It wasn't until I was in my 30s and had several rounds of allergy tests done that I discovered the culprit was glue. My parents tried everything they knew; we tried every itch-relief cream ever made! Every doctor they took me took just shook his head and said it was probably a bad case of athlete's foot. In a 10-year-old girl?! The last time a doctor dared to give me that diagnosis, I took him five pairs of shoes that caused me to break out, three of which were sandals, and dared him to call it athlete's foot.

My doctor still doesn't have a solution other than to give me a shot of cortizone when the break out is really bad and to prescribe a strong anti-itch cream for the rest of the time.

Is there anybody else out there who is allergic to glue? Is anybody interested in joining me in a campaign to persuade shoe companies to stop using glue? I waste hundreds of dollars a year on shoes that I can wear one or two times and have to get rid of because of my allergy.

This might be a trivial matter to some people, but it's very important to me and anyone else who might have a similar allergy. Besides, although I'm very careful about glue exposure, somehow I've gotten it own my hands. I want to scratch my skin off!!!!

  I am allergic to the glue, latex rubber, and epoxy that is used in making many shoes, especially tennis shoes.  I do not break out in blisters, but my feet start burning, turn bright red, and swell.  I also have severe allergies due to an exacerbated IgE count.  You may want to visit an allergist/immunologist regarding your issue.  If your levels are high, your allergic reactions may cause your body to have an autoimmune response.  There is an injection that you can get monthly to reduce your body's over-reactivity to histimines that cause allergic responses.  I have a rare genetic primary immune disease called Common Variable Immune Dificiency.  I have severe deficiencies in IgG, IgA, and IgM and an exacerbation of IgE.  Here are several websites you can check for more information: www.primaryimmune.orgwww.info4pi/jmf/, www.aarda.org, and www.aafa.org/   

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hpsscoutingmom | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 4, 2011 at 12:58 PM (Answer #16)

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Well this was great to read about. I have been experiencing problems with my 3 year old daughter having a severe outbreak of hives over her whole body about 6-7 hrs following her using Elmer's White School Glue. We cannot gain any ingredient information from Elmer's and the allergy specialist has never heard of such a thing she says (that was at our second apt this past week) so now we are searching for a new doctor.  She said the only way to find out is to expirement at home. All the bloodwork came back fine.

I know this discussion was originally about the glue in shoes but i am wondering if soon hers could turn into what you have. We now have to carry an epi- pen whereever she goes and it is hard to have a 3 year old stay away from something as popular as glue in school. We are trying to find out who else has had this kind of exposure since I feel that we must not be the only ones.

Please let me know that we are not alone. this is a hard and scarry thing when it is your child.

_mom of 3!

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psmortimer | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM (Answer #17)

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You poor thing! I feel your pain. The more toxic chemicals we are exposed to, the worse the allergies. I worked in the printing industry for many years which has greatly increased my allergies, particularly to soy. I have many "stupid" allergies and have gotten used to people saying "How can you be allergic to THAT?" Well, guess what, I am.

 

Silly question but have you ever tried to find shoes that are not manufactured with glue but won't cause you to sell your house to afford them? I was thinking of moccasins or some such product that are hand sewn. Of course you can also have shoes made. Perhaps you should arrange to have a sit down with a shoe manufacturer and suggest a new line that does not use these products. Natalie Portman came out with vegan shoes, so why not? You could be rich!

Meanwhile, good luck!

 

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joepreston | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 12, 2012 at 5:58 AM (Answer #18)

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I wonder if anyone here has tried washing. I've noticed that with new shoes, the problems often don't start immediately, but after the shoes have had some break-in time. PTBP is soluble in both acetone (fingernail polish remover) as well as alcohol. I'm thinking of taking a pair and hitting them with a cup of rubbing alcohol, soaking for a while, rinsing, and drying. Curious if others have tried this approach. For the benefit of getting to keep my favorite athletic shoes, I think it's worth a frequent rinse. What do you all think?

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