Re: [Marbling] alum/allergies
- I think the idea for the alum for the feet--is an ancient medical
treatment--and in modern footcare--I have never seen it used. Probably--it
was a short term treatment for fungus. As an antiseptic--unless it is
disguised by some trade name--I have not seen it used either--but--bottles
of it are still sold here--in the pharmacies--advocating it as an
antiseptic. No doubt peroxide and savlon are more commonly used.
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From: "irisnevins" <irisnevins@...>
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 7:57 AM
Subject: [Marbling] alum/allergies
> Thanks for info....technically what did they die of and what symptoms.
> of other sorts is used in pickling and for soaking feet, so I wonder what
> if any dangers are in those, just curious.
> I never wear a mask while the alum is in solution, but hold my breath
> spooning it out to avoid a sneezing fit.
> Iris Nevins
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> Alum is a double sulphate, consists of a metal (aluminium or
> potassium), sulphate and cristal water. It was used of old for tanning
> and fabric dying and is one of the reasons why tanners and dyers
> usually didn't live to an old age. Wear gloves (the thin surgical ones
> are sufficient) and move slowly - or even better, use a mask.
> Did you know that alum was added to glue and paste to preserve them and
> make them waterfast? Some bookbinders did that from about 1800 on, a
> restorer's nightmare! Resists everything except enzymes.
> Susanne Krause<
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