I have read many threads, here and elsewhere, discussing the connection of rosin dust with allergies, and with sinnusitus. However, I can find no info whatsoever on the possible long-term ill effects to one's health.
as a beginning violinist, I am amazed at how much powder comes off the bow and into my lungs. Yes, I had a re-hair done, and have found certain rosins that powder less, but I am still concerned.
Has this ever been studied scientifically? Has anyone ever proven that rosin dust is 100% safe?
I don't mind the smell (I kind of like it) nor a bit of sneezing. However, there are several possible negative effect:
1: It could clog the cillia, much like asbestos and burning candle wax. (yes, candles are seriously bad for your lungs)
2: It could simply be toxic, causing subtle, hard to notice symptoms such as mild drowsiness, or a weakened immune system
-Or it could be completely benign.
But I need to know for sure!
I asked a violinist firend, who looked at me with a most puzzled expression. Obviously, the thought had never crossed her mind. "But it's all-natural," she said.
Well, yeah. So is arsenic.
Does anyone know, I mean know absolutely?
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