Sharing some sadness

Allison Marles apm at
Fri Jan 21 18:27:17 EST 2005

I've not had this problem.  It sounds very un-fun.  You might try
putting the books in the freezer for 24 hours.  That should kill
the dust mites which is probably what you're actually allergic to.
This should also kill the mold, which can then be removed with
some rubbing alcohol on cotton swabs.  

Hope that works, so you don't have to get rid of your old books. :)


On Fri, Jan 21, 2005 at 10:49:09AM -0600, Ian Riddell wrote:
> Hi, 
> I wonder if others on this list are having this trouble. I bring it up 
> because of the discussion of finding large groups of cheap books at the 
> Salvation Army and Goodwill. 
> I'm finding that I can no longer buy used books. My mold allergies have 
> gotten to the point that it's really uncomfortable for me to read an 
> older books that's at all moldy or dusty. My eyes water, my throat and 
> lips dry out, and I get quite tired. 
> The solution I came up with, of course, was to set out buying new 
> copies of all the used books I've bought over the years (all my LeGuin 
> hardcovers!). My sensible partner, of course, suggested getting some 
> drugs for the allergies. 
> Have others had this problem? 
> widdy 
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> To all musicians, appear and inspire: 
> Translated Daughter, come down and startle 
> Composing mortals with immortal fire. 
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> Ian W. Riddell 
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