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Old 07-05-2010, 14:14   #1
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Just wondering, since I use these for my water storage on board whether or not anyone has heard that the kind of plastic used is the kind that we keep hearing about will give you cancer. Something is eating several of the bottom part of 2 of my toes but I think I know what that is and it ain't the water bladder.


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If it has a recycling # on it somewhere, most plastics do, #3, 6, & 7 are the ones to avoid.
I don't think any are known for eating toes though

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bcguy--are you diabetic???? do ye have poor circulation?? that will do the toesies....
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so will a nasty case of athletes' foot. If the area burns, and the skin is peeling off in chunks several layers deep, you may well have it. Its common to pick it up in public access showers if they are not disinfected properly. I got my first case in Port Credit Marina about 30 years ago. Get some of the liquid solution, and wash your feet, then apply the liquid. Then apply athletes' foot powder as well. Wash and sterilize all your socks. Spray your shoes with lysol.

Always wear shoes when going to the shower.

However if you are indeed diabetic, best get to a doctor PDQ.

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There's always the old reliable playa-foot remedy from Burning man: two drops tea tree oil, two drops lavender oil in an ounce of olive oil. Clean and dry da feet, apply twice a day, and keep em dry.

As for the water bladders, checking the recycle tag is a good idea, but the semi rigid plastics implicated in the cancer scare aren't the ones typically used in flexible water containers.
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Don't drink out of anything except for glass. I don't believe that any plastics are safe. Nor are most metals. If you want to get rid of that athletes foot, pee on your feet.

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