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Hoppe's No. 9 Rash

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by javacodeman, Mar 8, 2010.

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  1. javacodeman

    javacodeman Member

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    So I cleaned two of my guns Saturday night and watched a movie at the same time. While paying more attention to movie than dipping a swab, I accidentally put most of my Hoppe's No. 9 outside of my Hoppe's No. 9 bottle. :banghead: Thankfully I was working on an absorbant mat that caught a lot of it, but a good deal hit my lap. The first thing I did was to try to limit the amount that got on my carpet. Then I started blotting the carpet. After that I got my pants changed. This was only about 5 minutes.

    Monday night and my legs are pretty "chapped" where the Hoppe's spilt.

    Two questions:

    1) Anyone else experience this before?

    2) If so, how bad did it get before it got better?
     
  2. ozarkgunner

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    I have the same kind of problem with my Zippo lighter. If I over fill it and it spills out some, where ever it is in my pocket I wind up with a little red spot that burns and itches for about a day.
     
  3. Fremmer

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    It's not too bad until you feel sharp abdominal pain that becomes unbearable and a baby alien with teeth chews its way out of your gut.

    :eek:
     
  4. Full Metal Jacket

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    God, I hate when that happens. =/
     
  6. cleardiddion

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    Me too!

    But more seriously, I've worked with Hoppes 9 for years and I've never had any problems with skin and other things with it at all. I'm clumsy so I've spilled plenty on myself.
    Now, some of the industrial strength cleaners I have experience with that's nasty stuff. Peels skin and goes along and softens fingernails for the laughs.
     
  7. Big_E

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    The only thing I have experienced with No. 9 on skin is that it really dries out my skin on fingers/hands. If the problem persists call a doctor. Maybe some anti-rash cream would work.
     
  8. Sav .250

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    Strange things do happen.........:)
     
  9. Quoheleth

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    People react differently to chemicals and cleaners. Hoppe's doesn't bother me, but most household bathroom cleaners do.

    I'm not a doc, but when that happens I use soemthing like hydrocortizone or Benadryl cream (it's an allergic reaction). If it doesn't go away in a day or two, call your MD.

    Q
     
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    It is entirely possible to have a skin reaction as you described. It is called chemical sensitivity and your skin has been affected by the various organic or hydrocarbons chemicals in Hppes #9. The rash should disappear in several days w/o treatment. However, if you are allergic to Hoppes, and the rash(or swelling) continues, you may need to contact your physcian for some Cortisone cream. I have worked with organic compounds nearly my whole adult life and it still happens to me.
     
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    Mostly what loaded round said, very close to what happens with the zippo liter fluid which is nothing more than NAPTHA.

    Put some moisturizing hand cream or even Udder Balm, rubbed in and you'll heal up in a day or two.
     
  12. The Bushmaster

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    Take two asprin and call me in the morning...

    And that's "bag balm", jcwit...It will help...
     
  13. 627PCFan

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    I use it for aftershave and I never have any issues-
     
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    Never had a problem with spilled Hoppes on my person, but a long time ago I managed to spill some gasoline on my crotch.............I think I would rather be waterboarded.:cuss:
     
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    that is where the hops came from.
     
  16. Quoheleth

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    Ladies and gentleman, this is your captain speaking. Please note, the no smoking sign is now lit...

    :D

    Q
     
  17. Full Metal Jacket

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    are you sure the rash in your lap started when the hoppes was spilled? :eek:
     
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    Uh, oh. I guess you know what you shouldn't use as a "personal lubricant"... :)
     
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    Many years ago, when I wasn't "current" on industrial safety, I used my pinkie to smooth an epoxy repair on a boat.

    Even though I wiped it off in a few minutes, that finger (on the outside edge, where it was exposed) suffered nerve damage. No loss of function, of course, as the muscles that move it are located somewhere else, but the skin was numb for years.

    Now I'm kind of aware of this stuff, so I use nitrile gloves for almost everything involving chemicals. This includes household cleaning products, pesticides, paints, changing oil on cars & trucks, and gun cleaning products.

    They're cheap, so thin they don't really interfere with dexterity, and allow one to work with this stuff with a fair degree of impunity.

    It isn't necessary, of course, but I think it's a good idea...
     
  20. CosmicGrooves

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    Yes, the zippo... i've had that same experience with over filling the lighter too.
     
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    I haven't had a problem with hoppes (love the smell) but have done the zippo overfill and got an itchy/burny thigh rash. I think it went away after a couple days.

    This weekend I used some oven cleaner for the first time when helping my gf move. After my right arm started burning badly while scrubbing the oven I decided to skim the back off the can and the words "elbow length gloves", "lye", and "corrosive" stood out. It's a little better today but still pretty ugly.

    Try the bag balm or some benadryl cream (or at least lotion).
     
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    Try the Udder Balm, get it at a farm store, here in No. In. its TSC, stands for Tractor Supply. And yes its Udder Balm, yellow in color, white plastic jar, and not greasy, but soaks into the skin like a hand cream but better. MFG. by Neogen Corp.

    Was recommended to my wife by nurses while I was in the hospital.
     
  23. Equestrian

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    also available at most farm and horse stores is a product called matrix witch is great it keeps skin soft and helps it heal
     
  24. billybobjoe

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    Udder Balm is hand cream!!!
     
  25. billybobjoe

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    Not to give away their "trade secret".
     
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