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Can relics be hazardous to your health?

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    Hi, a few weeks a go, i went to military antique shop i had found in lisbon.
    I spent there a couple of hours because there was so much to see, that i totally lost track of time.
    In the middle of a pile of caps, there was an extremely rare portuguese legion cap, when i removed it, a great cloud of dust came upon me.
    From there on i was sneezing and scratching my self and had a huge headache.
    Next morning i was in bed with a fever.
    After a week of recovery, the doctor told me the source had been bacterial.
    From now on im going to handle relics a lot more carefully, with gloves and washing my hands very well and a lot more.
    I recomend you guys to be carefull with handling relics, we never know where they have been or what happened to them.
    Cheers.
    Nuno

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    Same thing happened to me at work. I was cataloguing an iraqi bag, and got sand in my eyes which then got infected. Had to take a week off.
    Friend of mine on archaeological dig in belgium and unbeknown had got minor tear gas from WW1 ordnance. Yes it was a proper dig, yes he's qualified.

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    thats true..i bought a bunch of german flares some time back and one was leaking and the gas from it made me very sick,i did not know it for a month later but it was it for sure.

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    I've often thought the same thing. I handle a lot of relics with gloves and put most in cases. I don't deal with any live ordnance, as that can def be dangerous.

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    Quote by pammy View Post
    thats true..i bought a bunch of german flares some time back and one was leaking and the gas from it made me very sick,i did not know it for a month later but it was it for sure.
    Must have been a secret weapon since there was never any "gas" flares.

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    Never been sick from relics,but got shrapnel when I was younger a few time.so many stories about getting hurt looking and finding relics.good times.

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    Ive learned that old gas mask can be a risk to ware with the asbestos filters.

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    True about the masks ez1969, apparently even the masks without asbestos filters can be dangerous due to the activated carbon filter breaking down over the years into a powder which can be inhaled also.

    -Joshua

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    Trink vodka and noone sickness will attack you
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    Quote by Dimas View Post
    Trink vodka and noone sickness will attack you

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