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You probably have already done this but if not, here goes - if you soak the
freeze dried bloodworms you get rid of the dust. I use a turkey baster and one
of those small clear containers that can hang on the side of the tank. Hope this
is helpful. Take care. Joe.
Joseph Ponnath wrote:
> I was just going over the killietalk list for the last few days and I saw the
> thread on bloodworms affecting people. You mentioned that you have started
> making your people wear gloves and dust masks whenever they feed the
> bloodworms. I also have an allergic reaction to frozen bloodworms. My hands
> break out in tiny blisters and itch horribly. My reaction to freeze dried
> bloodworms is completely different though. I have fits of uncontrollable
> sneezing, but that's not the worst part. The dust gets in my eyes and causes
> conjunctivitis. It happened to me three times before I figured out what was
> going on. Unfortunately I stocked up a large supply of freeze dried
> bloodworms. What I do now is hold my breath, squint my eyes, and feed the
> bloodworms very quickly. I then immediately go upstairs, wash my hands and
> wait 15 minutes before going back to my tanks.
> I have not had a problem since.
> A long winded way of saying watch your people for eye problems if you are
> using freeze dried bloodworms. They may need to wear eye protection also.
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- From: Joseph Ponnath <joepon at usa_net>