I am a part time jewelry maker. For approximately 20 years my main
gig has been health and safety at a large company.
My advise is. Run, don’t walk to a doctors. When I hear taste in
the mouth, and breathing problems, that is serious. The doctor will
probably ask 100 questions. The doctor can send you for a blood test
and find out blood abnormalities, and find out if there are certain
metals in the blood. This could very well be from the acid, and if
it is the condition is persistent, she/you need treatment.
When you go to the doctor’s you should have any inventory of
everything that you work with, along with an msds sheet. You should,
rephrase that, the distributor or manufacture is obligated to give
you a material safety data sheet by law. There are also sites on the
web that you can get them from, both metals and chemicals.
I might also suggest that if you find no satisfaction from your
primary care physician, there are doctors that deal specifically with
workplace issues. A primary care may say stop using that, an
industrial doc may help you minimize your exposure when you work.
My last speech from the soap box. I have dealt with many people that
tell me they were sure they would get better, it’s the old I can
handle it myself…IT DOES NOT WORK. Especially when you have had
this several weeks! Trust me, I have seen this one too many times.
To listen to people tell you what they think is wrong, is not
good…go to a doctor.
Your health is the most important thing you have. It may cost you
money, but you need your health.