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Does anyone get sick from new carpet?

  1. colonial82 profile image59
    colonial82posted 7 years ago

    Does anyone get sick from new carpet?

    I do and I get a terrible headache

  2. Mikeydoes profile image76
    Mikeydoesposted 7 years ago

    Yeah, I can definetly feel for you I get that way with certain things. Carpet can kind of give me a headache, same with new cars, and a bunch of other smells like that.

  3. lex123 profile image65
    lex123posted 7 years ago

    People who are very sensitive to dust or new things may develop an allergy, sometimes in the form of a headache.

  4. christiansister profile image59
    christiansisterposted 7 years ago

    Yes, you can definitely get sick from new carpet. Many building materials release phemaldihide when they are new. Did you smell the strong chemical smell from the carpet?  When you replace carpet or do any remodeling for that matter, it should be done in a season where you will be able to keep the area open to vent ie..leave the windows and doors open for a few days. Some people seem to have no obvious problems from being in these areas closed up. But, the key word is OBVIOUS, there are many things that occur in our body that we are not obvious of. And there are industry rules that keep workers safe in place that produce these products because there is sufficient evidence that these chemicals can make you ill acutely and in the future.

  5. ptosis profile image81
    ptosisposted 7 years ago


    Two things can happen when exposed: Can build up a tolerance OR develop a sensitivity to it. Chemical sniffers in industrial environments that tell you things are 'safe' do not take into account the differences of people's reactions.

    I've been in 'sick buildings' before where I developed a 'cold' within one hour inside the building and felt crappy all over for a couple of days. - It was an older building and the vent ducts must have been full of dust mites.

    but then on the other had I can handle trichloroethene as if it was water .....

  6. Romian1 profile image76
    Romian1posted 7 years ago

    Yes, it is possible to get sick from new carpeting.  But it shouldn't take carpets long to off gas.  You should wait 2 to 3 days before you can enjoy your carpet.