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Chemical Free Computer Mouse?

Discussion in 'Hypersensitivity and Intolerance' started by Womble, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Womble

    Womble

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    Hello!

    I recently purchased a generic wired mouse from Microsoft. After using it for a short
    period of time, I felt a lot of gas and fumes get into my lungs, and by the end of the
    day I was coughing and feeling sick.

    Do you have any advice on how I can get a mouse that won't worsen my MCS? Is there
    a particular type of plastic that is safer, or a particular brand you prefer?
  2. jeffrez

    jeffrez Senior Member

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    Maybe try to get a really old one at a yard sale or on ebay, etc. ? Try to get ones that are hard plastic, and don't have any of that rubbery stuff on them. If yours has a rubber mouse wheel, perhaps that is contributing to the offgassing. It might be better to get one without a wheel.
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  3. caledonia

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    Like jeffrez is saying, either buy a used one, or you can offgas the current one. Set it in an unused room, basement, or garage for a week or more, and let it air out.
  4. Womble

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    Will it off-gas if it isn't plugged in?

    I thought computer products could only off-gas if they are being used, am I wrong?
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    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    I agree with buying an older one. A few months old should be enough. Thrift stores sometimes have them.

    I would expect the new one to take over a month to stop bothering you, unless you can use ozone in an enclosed room to speed it up. (You'd have to buy or borrow a machine for ozone.)
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  6. Womble

    Womble

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    Interesting, what does ozone do to it? :)
  7. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    Well I am going to copy from a past post made by Dainty, from an old thread:

    I don't like the smell of the ozone itself, but I hold my breath and leave the room.

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