I am a 21 year old male living in Louisville KY entering my junior year of college. I have no known serious allergies.
Two years ago, my roommate brought a fridge to the dorm, and everything was fine. Last year when I moved into my dorm room I sneezed and coughed for about the first two months straight. Then I realized that the cause was the mini-fridge that I had brought. I sniffed it, reacted immediately with deep coughing and sneezing and quickly got rid of it and lived the rest of the year using a cooler. This summer, my dad bought a new fridge, but as soon as it come in my house, without it even being plugged in, I had the same immediate reaction. We of course returned it.
Taking a benadryl reduced the reactions, but it still comes. Going back to the dorms next year, is there anything I can do to eliminate this allergic reaction? What chemical in some (but not all) mini-fridges cause this? Could there be mold in a never-before used fridge?
Welcome to the forum!
Yes, it is possible there is mold. Post manufacturing, it depends on how the fridge was packed, where it was stored etc. If it had been kept in a moist area then it is possible that it had developed mold somewhere. You can undergo a scratch test to know if the mold spores are there in your body. For this you need to consult an allergy specialist. Proper treatment of the fungus can help relieve allergy.
No, this does not appear due to chemicals in the fridge.
Hope this helps. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.