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ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write 4becky@cox.net.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

formaldehyde test below .1 ppm but I'm still sick

I put a formaldehyde test in my kitchen. The reading was 0.06.2. I have been told that this level is no cause for concern, however I still feel like crap......I keep having sinus problems, and I stay tired. I got my blood gas test results from the hospital, and it said everything was normal, however it did not say anything about my formic acid levels. I have been told that this is what should be tested for formaldehyde poisoning. Is this true? Is there some other type of test I should have taken? I will be putting another formaldehyde test in the bedroom today, for I feel that maybe there is some in the dressers, and nightstands....Please e-mail me back for any info, because Im having a hard time getting anyone to tell me what kind of test should be done to detect this in the body....

Melissa

Melissa: The .1 ppm limit listed on the test kit is not for long term exposure that can be as much as 24 hours per day. Some agencies recommend much lower long term exposure limits. Your test is higher than those levels. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) Minimal Risk Levels (MRL): Acute MRL: 0.04 ppm (1-14 days exposure); Intermediate duration MRL: 0.03 ppm (>14-364 days exposure); Chronic duration MRL: 0.008 ppm (365 or more days exposure)

It is likely the formaldehyde levels are higher in the bedroom especially right near where you sleep at night close to the particle board. I don't know how useful the formic acid testing is as one woman we know got a low reading for it but has still been quite sick. Best thing is to get out of the camper. FEMA is providing temporary housing assistance and even moving people into trailers.

Becky