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    any dangers with cya and skin contact?

    tonight i added cya through a sock and tried to speed up the process by agitating the outside of the sock with my hand for a few minutes. i wasn't touching the granules, but the white powder that was coming of of the sock as it dissolved in the water. i washed off my hands with soap and water afterwards, but my skin still feels kind of sticky. are there any health risks i should be aware of?

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    Re: any dangers with cya and skin contact?

    I have never had any problems or stickiness from brief contact. The MSDS mostly lists irritation as a result of skin contact. Some people might be sensitive to it. I wouldn't be too worried unless you had some sort of persistent irritation.

    http://www.commercialaquaticsupplies.co ... 20Acid.pdf

    http://www.poolwater.com/msds/vendor/Al ... 20Acid.pdf

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    Re: any dangers with cya and skin contact?

    thank you for the info. my skin doesn't look irritated and doesn't feel as sticky any more so that makes me feel better.

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    Re: any dangers with cya and skin contact?

    I squish the socks all the time - have noticed no ill affects.
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    Re: any dangers with cya and skin contact?

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    I squish the socks all the time - have noticed no ill affects.
    Same here...dissolved 4 pounds in two days, no issues.
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    Re: any dangers with cya and skin contact?

    As noted in this paper, CYA has minimal skin absorption. Of course, irritation from chemicals can be a very personal thing. If it happens consistently, then that would be more of a clue -- one time doesn't tell you much.
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