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    I Think I'm Allergic To The Batting

    Not just any batting, but I think I'm allergic to the 100% cotton batting. A friend gave me a bag full of 100% cotton batting that had not been needle punched, so it was a bit more stretchy. They were large scraps, and I thought they would be perfect for baby quilts and small projects. But, every time I work with it, my nose itches, my eyes water, I sneeze and I have to continually blow my nose. I've never had that problem with Warm & Natural, but I buy their needle punched batting, so I don't know if that makes a difference. The cotton/poly blend doesn't do this to me, so I think it might be the natural oils and sometimes seeds that you find in the 100% cotton batting. Does anyone else have these issues?
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    maybe you are allergic to something from your friend's home where the batting had been stored
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    Oh no. At least if you are allergic to it, it was for free. A lot of people are allergic to cotton and maybe cotton in this form is just what you can't be around. Sounds like you are allergic to it. I get the same symptoms when my allergies pop up.
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    i am allegeric to fabric so it is a must to wash the fabric when bought
    into my home. guess havent had the problem with batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joset View Post
    i am allegeric to fabric so it is a must to wash the fabric when bought
    into my home. guess havent had the problem with batting.
    I have the same problem with fabric. I'm not allergic to the fabric but to the chemicals that are used in making and finishing the fabric. Never had a problem with batting though.

    It sounds like it might just be something from your friends house, not necessarily the batting.
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    You might be allergic to the cotton batting or as someone mentioned it could be how it was stored. Does it smell musty? You could have a mold allergy. Has it been store uncovered? You could have a dust allergy. It isn't the actual dust that bothers you but the poop from the dust mites that eat the dust. I have the hypoallergenic covers on my pillows and mattress for this reason.

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    Yeah, it could be you are allergic to the cotton fibers that can float in the air. It could also be how it was stored. The nasal symptoms are the histamine reaction and if someone is allergic to cotton it is usually the pollen from the plant. Since the cotton boll comes from the 'flower' of the plant it may not have been processes as much as warm and natural and some of these pollens are still in the batting. If it was me I would just pitch all of it to avoid the irritation. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteQuilts View Post
    Yeah, it could be you are allergic to the cotton fibers that can float in the air. It could also be how it was stored. The nasal symptoms are the histamine reaction and if someone is allergic to cotton it is usually the pollen from the plant. Since the cotton boll comes from the 'flower' of the plant it may not have been processes as much as warm and natural and some of these pollens are still in the batting........
    I agree. Do you know the brand of batting she gave you? I’m a fan of the needle punched cotton Warm & Natural, and have used Hobbs Heirloom which is a bit more stretchy without any issues. I’d give it back.

    Aw geez, Tartan. Now I can’t get rid of this mental picture of millions of tiny dust mites leaving their itsy-bitsy poop on everything. I feel the need to get out the old Dyson immediately.

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    Dang MattieMae I could have gone without that mental picture of yours forever and been happy. ;-) See yall later I have to go vacuum

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    Sorry everyone for creeping you out. Those of us who are allergy sufferers know all kinds of disgusting stuff.

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    Would taking it outside and 'baking it in the sun' help....
    or throwing it into the wash ??????
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    I learned early on If I work with wool batting I break out in a itchy rash. With cotton you would have to look at where it has been before you got it.

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    I agree about it being from the environment the batting was in before you got it. If you've used cotton fabric and batting before, it only makes sense. As one with many allergies, it wouldn't be worth the aggravation to me. Ahhhhh-choooooo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    Would taking it outside and 'baking it in the sun' help.... or throwing it into the wash ??????
    Or how about putting it in the freezer? My cousin (who is an MD) puts all sorts of things in the freezer to kill various cooties.
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    Last Monday four of us quilters got together at my house to "sandwich" our quilts. I have a large room and large worktable, so the work goes fast and we did five quilts....three were larger than queen size. When we were done, I looked at the dresser in the room, and it was white! There was so much lint, it was unbelievable! The next day I dusted everything, ran the vacuum, and washed all the linens on the bed. We used Dream Cotton and Fairfield Nature-fil Batting from JoAnn's (it's 50% rayon from Bamboo and 50% organic cotton). I'm not sure which one was so "linty", but, one of the lades had to keep blowing her nose. Something was definitely bothering her! Since the fabrics had all been prewashed, we think it was the batting.
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    I've washed and rewashed the batting, but it still bothers me. And it's only this particular kind of batting. I don't think it's been processed too much because I can feel little hard bumps in it as I work with it. The more processed battings don't bother me. Only this stuff. I normally don't have a lot of issues with allergies at all. I get a little bit of allergy problems in the Spring and Fall, but only when the seasonal allergies normally hit. Dust bothers my asthma a little, but only when it's flying around after dusting.
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    I think it is time to either toss the batting in the trash or pass it on to someone else. IF you pass it on make sure you tell them that you had problems with the batting and perhaps they may also.....The batting was free to you....so you are not 'loosing' anything, and just think about all the time and effort you have already put into it.....Time to walk away.
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    I would have to pitch it immediately. I have adult onset asthma and it has really been on a rampage for the past year. Anything that starts to trigger my asthma goes away at my house. Dust does not appear to be one of the triggers or allergens for me -- but you obviously have an issue with this batting or its former environment. As long as you have this batting around you, you are going to be bothered by it. I second the notion. For your health's sake, get rid of it, give it away or toss it, whichever! Asthma is a real pain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joset View Post
    i am allegeric to fabric so it is a must to wash the fabric when bought
    into my home. guess havent had the problem with batting.
    It's more likely you're allergic to the coating on the fabric, not the fabric itself. I'm allergic to a coating as well. I'm fortunate that it's a rarely used coating. I can go into fabric stores, and I was even a manager at Jo-Ann for a time. But when that coating does present itself somewhere it causes sneezing, my throat swells, my voice goes hoarse and it's awful! I have no clue what the coating is but it sure gets my attention when it's nearby.
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    Battting that has not been needle punched will have little "fly away" particles. I have allergies but sometimes it is just little particles like dust that bother me.
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    I KNOW I'm allergic to the batting ;-) Not all batts, only Warm & Natural. Others don't bother me as much.
    Itchy, itchy eyes, runny nose, and last night I broke out in a rash on my arms and chest after quilting all day. Bummer! So I am back to Fairfield batting, and think I will even switch to organic Hobbs Heirloom.

    At the risk of getting on my soap box...did you know that 91% of all cotton grown in the US is now a GMO? (Genetically Modified Organism - meaning it is sprayed with RoundUp) Not a good thing. I avoid it in my
    food, and now think I will have to try avoiding it in my quilting too!! 'Natural' does not mean Organic...

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    A GMO isn't necessarily sprayed with roundup (although it might be genetically-modified to resist it, i.e., "roundup-ready"). it can be modified in many other ways. Just sayin.

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    Thanks for the clarification, Charlotte. That is true, GMO doesn't necessarily mean it actually has been sprayed with RoundUp, but how ya gonna know? I still think the best bet for me is to buy Organic...

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    Yes -- don't get me started on my mattress full of dead skin, mold, plus dust mite poop...its amazing we all survive our nights asleep!

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    We're definitely on the same page, HCP, with allergies. I always buy batting in packages, thinking that it might have less dust in it than on the bolt, but who knows if it matters. Have you tried Quilter's Dream? W&N has those seeds in it, and it might be a bit too close to the plant (and whatever it's been treated with) for you.

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