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Hi,

Every time I drink coffee from a "to go" cup, my lips swell up where they come into contact with the plastic lid on it. I have, at times, received small sores on the edge of my lips. Occasionally it occurs when I drink bottled water.

Can someone tell me what the chemical agent is in plastic that is causing this allergy and is there anyone else that has these experiences?

Thanks,
Steve
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replied September 13th, 2007
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Bisphenol A is an ingredient in hard, glasslike polycarbonate plastic that's used for some kinds of bottles. It's used in the plastic resin that lines tin cans. It's also found in plastic food containers, CDs, dental sealants and toys. Plastic food containers marked on the bottom with the recycling label No. 7 may contain bisphenol A. Plastics with the recycling labels No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 do not contain bisphenol A. Dangers include neurological or behavioral reactions ...but I don't think it causes an immediate reaction like this ...

What is the recycling number/ grade of plastic listed on the bottom of these items?
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replied April 27th, 2009
Sore lips
I have this same problem when I drink from some plastic bottles. I get dry stingy lips which go red, and then eventually crack.
Most lip balms do not help. The only thing I could find to sooth the redness was blistex cream for coldsores. This was an expensive remidee. No doctor is able to diagnose my problem and as it is not life threatening I find that they dont take my complaint seriously. The pharmasist then gave me a water based moisturiser which does help. This was much cheaper.
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replied August 10th, 2010
im same way, drying out lips, red, crack on one edge, swell...what can I do? what specialist do i see?
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replied August 21st, 2011
Plastic Allergy
I have just had this happen to me in the past month. I seem to be allergic even to the benadryl cup. Botled water effects me,burger king straws, certain plastics from the grocery stores, it only effects my hands and makes my throat swell. Your not the only one. Doctors are puzzled. Went to a allergy specialist and he was dumbfounded.
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replied October 22nd, 2011
plastic bottle allergy
I have been experiencing the same problem and actually figured out on my own that the problem was plastic bottles. I screwed up a week ago and drank from a plastic bottle without thinking and the symptoms are even worse now. It has been one week and I can't seem to get over the painful soreness.
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replied December 4th, 2011
Allergic to bottled water
I have the same symptoms. I read others get hives from bottled water. I get them now too. My lips feel like they are rolling around, they swell, crack and get bumps. I am totally convinced it is the bottled water. As a kid I would get a scratchy throat, if I ate those frozen ice pops, wrapped in plastic. I never had this lip problem with bottled water, until they started making the bottles thinner. It must be the chemicals used to make a thinner bottle stronger.
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replied July 4th, 2012
What can I say other than, me, too.
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replied July 19th, 2012
Like all of you...me too. I get what is like fever blisters where even the top of a term is tumbler water bottle lid touched my upper lip. They are exactly equal distance apart. Thought about going to the dr. But thought they would think I am crazy. I did a test several months ago with a cheap water bottle. It happened three different times when I used it so I thought it to be the cheap plastic but when it happened last week with the very expensive bottle, I knew something is allergy related. I am fearful to use much on my lips for fear it would make it worse.
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replied July 30th, 2012
I have had this issue as well. I found glass straws online and carry one with me at all times. I don't use plastic ware or drink out of anything other than glass or ceramic containers. Since I have made these plastic-free changes I have had no more swollen, itchy, bumpy lips. After refraining from allowing any plastic near my mouth, I recently began reacting to latex products and have been placed on a stringent asthma regime to prevent an attack from occurring. Unfortunately, one of my daughters has begun to exhibit the same signs, even to the point of having her elastics for her braces removed and replaced because her lips and cheeks were swollen and itchy for over a month before the replacement. I have many other allergies besides the plastic and latex to the point I wondered if my next move would be into a plastic bubble. However, apparently if that were to be necessary now would kill me!
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replied January 2nd, 2013
My mother and I have this same situation. I was reacting to plastic bags and then latex first, and now recently it's really extreme mouth/lip swelling from the plastic dental flossers and plastic milk bottles. I'm wondering if whatever they replaced the PCB's with is an allergan for me.
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replied August 10th, 2012
Lip allergies
I just went to the allergist today to be tested for food allergies--negative. I asked her if it could be the plastic bottles I drink from all the time that are causing my lips to break out the way everyone else on this page describes. She said, "I'll bet that's it!" So no plastic for a month to see what happens. I'm sorry the rest of you are having problems but I'm glad I'm not the only one!
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replied January 2nd, 2013
Mouth swelling plastic
I realized that dental flossers were causing swelling, especially when I used the plastic toothpicks on them, as well as plastic bottles if I touch them. If I wash well and brush and Listerine my teeth/mouth, it goes away faster, but it still lasts hours or a day.
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replied March 8th, 2013
plastic water bottle allergy
I never had a problem with plastic bottles before 2 weeks ago. At that time I didn't realize it. But 3 days ago, I drank from a plastic water bottle and immediately my lips started swelling. It was in the middle of the night and I just assumed maybe I had gotten bitten by a mosquito and blew it off. Well, yesterday, I drank another bottled water and then my lip immediately swelled again. It was painful, too. It's a little better today but I expect it to be swollen for the next few days. I'm convinced it's the plastic water bottle and I will no longer use them.
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replied March 31st, 2013
Lips swallowed after contact with plastic
I too have the same reaction to plastic!! And I thought that I was alone in this!! Every time that I ask to have something served on a crystal cup, I get all the strange looks as if I think I am some kind of celebrity. And then I am forced to tell the waiter immediately that I'm allergic to plastic, it is then that the waiter face changes again...but I have observed that my lips swallow with plastic especially with tinted plastic like Dasani water bottles, straws (Baskin Ribbons, BK, McDONALD'S, white straws), plastic forks, those red cups that are usually served in parties...in general, anything plastic!!

Is it possible to touch something plastic and then accidentally touch the mouthe area and end up with swallowed lips? I think it might have happened after writing with those Bic mechanical pencils...

Oh!! Also I've been experiencing some swallowing in the eyelids with the lip swallowing. Is that possible? Has somebody else experienced this?
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replied April 10th, 2013
I thought I was crazy.... recently when I drink out of straws I get a big hive on my lip. It also just happened drinking a diet coke out of a plastic bottle.
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replied May 13th, 2013
Plastic allergies in mouth
Again, I am so sorry that you all are having this problem but am relieved. My dentist and doctor have had no idea what's been going on for over a year now. I figured it out on my own. No plastic can touch my mouth and no straws...my tongue swells on the tip and gets painful as well as my lips. I have no other allergies but this...very strange!
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replied June 16th, 2013
I am so grateful to find this website because I thought I was going crazy when I started believing I was allergic to plastic. Anything I touch to my mouth including dental floss sometimes. It was very inconsistent at first. Seemed to be worse when drinking something acidic like some fruit juices or with alcohol inside. Even my toothbrush when I use essential oils on it...(Maybe the acid/alcohol/oil breaks down the plastic somewhat)

Here are the first 2 articles that came up when I googled 'plastic allergy' today:
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/25/health/plast ics-perfumes-new-allergies

http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/ 20041006/plastic-chemicals-linked-to-asthm a-allergies

Last time I did a search three months prior I could find nothing, just other forums of confused people with same symptoms with no idea what they were reacting to.
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replied September 20th, 2013
Dental Flossers & Mouth Sores
Dental Flossers - they work great but chewing on them all day like a toothpick gave me sores inside my mouth after a couple of days. What a shame, they're the best invention since electricity !
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replied October 21st, 2013
6 year old plastic allergy-McDonald's container??
My six year older drank chocolate milk last week from a McDonald's plastic milk container and her lips swelled up enormously. She was also playing with the container-putting it around her lips and sucking in. She drinks chocolate milk regularly and has never had a problem. Her lips were the only thing affected. Her throat and tongue were fine. Took her to the er after giving Benadryl myself. They gave her Benadryl and Prednisone. Has anyone had a child who has had this reaction?
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replied December 7th, 2013
Epoxy resin allergy
I was breaking out in horrible mouth sores for 8 months before I finally had an allergist give me a dental panel (allery test). It turns out I have a sensitivity to epoxy resin. This is found in most every nail polish, and as a former nail biter, I often bit off my nail polish. I soon as I found a natural polish my symptoms eased off. But epoxy resin (as BPA) is found in plastic bottles and other plastic items. If I drink from a plastic bottle, I'll most likely break out in another sore. If you're having this issue, try to get tested for sensitivy to epoxy resin.
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