Some of us are superstitious. We think our car will break down out of spite if we dare to speak ill of it. As if it has a mind of its own, feel offended and break down if we talk about it. For some, their cars cause problems in other ways. A number of people suffer from skin allergies or contact dermatitis from chemicals found in components like knobs, seats and steering wheels. They get an itchy poison ivy-like rash that can last for several weeks with continued exposure. Others have increased nasal allergy symptoms from poor air quality compared to newer cars with cabin air filters. We spend so much time in and money on our vehicles that it makes good sense to look at the new Ford Fusion if you have allergy issues.
On March 19, Ford announced that its new Ford Fusion “Minimizes Pollen and ‘Touch’ Allergens. With their newest model, Ford is avoiding chemicals including latex, nickel and chromium in over a 100 different “materials and components,” especially when it comes to “common high-touch areas such as the seats, steering wheel, armrests, door handles and shifters.” Nickel is one of the most common offenders when it comes to contact dermatitis. Although people can be allergic to a variety of metals, nickel is often the culprit when it comes to reactions to earrings and other jewelry. If this sounds like you, paying attention to your car’s construction material might be worthwhile. Patch testing to various chemicals can help define your specific trigger.
Cabin air filters are becoming more commonplace in vehicles. They help to minimize outdoor offenders such as pollen, mold spores and dust. Most of these filters are located behind your glove box and can easily be changed on your own.
Disclaimer: This blog is not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship with any reader. If you need personalized medical advice, contact your primary care physician or other physician in your community.