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CJ Sax

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Hi all,

I have been playing the tenor sax for about 19 years and about 6years ago developed an allergic reaction to the reed. I then had allergy testing done (which was inconclusive) but I switched to synthetic reeds. This fixed the problem until recently. I have used many different brands including bari & legere. I have now started to develop the same symptoms again even with a synthetic reed. Does anyone have any suggestions of what I could do?
 

kevgermany

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No idea. I'm interested, cos I suspect my son may have a similar problem on his clarinet.

Is it a red/sore patch on your lower lip just where the reed touches? Maybe goes as far as bleeding?

We got some relief using cold sore plasters. Compeed seems to be a universal brand, but there are alternatives available for 1/3rd the cost.
 

Nick Wyver

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Which begs the question - are you sure it's an allergic reaction? Do you get the same reaction if you just put the reed on its own in your mouth?
 

CJ Sax

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Which begs the question - are you sure it's an allergic reaction? Do you get the same reaction if you just put the reed on its own in your mouth?

Hi Thanks for your queries. I believe it may simply be a reaction to the friction of the reed on my lip. It can get to the point of bleeding. I think that the synthetic reeds are less abrasive and as such caused less of a reaction to my lip. I will also try some new plastic reeds as my current reeds may have been contaminated in some way.
 

CJ Sax

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Yes my problem does sound similar to your sons. My lip will weep and have puss to the point of bleeding. It is not just a matter of discomfort. In terms of synthetic reeds they last a lot longer and easily pay for themselves. I did early on try using some cold saw medicine to - however this didn't as I recall solve the problem.
No idea. I'm interested, cos I suspect my son may have a similar problem on his clarinet.

Is it a red/sore patch on your lower lip just where the reed touches? Maybe goes as far as bleeding?

We got some relief using cold sore plasters. Compeed seems to be a universal brand, but there are alternatives available for 1/3rd the cost.
 

kevgermany

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The plasters contain no medicine, it's a thin clear, colourless sticky membrane.
 

old git

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From my little remembered sackbut days, trumpeters used to complain about their lips and used special salves to prevent splitting.

Are these still available and might they help?
 

milandro

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Have you consulted a dermatologist?

BINGO!:thumb:

Although dermatology is the least certain of the medical sciences ( the mantra is try this and come back in two weeks times and we'll see what happens........ once I asked for the reason of a certain problem and the doc said: " We are not yet sure that it is of viral or psychosomatic origin......" ?1?)

It is, nevertheless the first place one should go to tackle a problem with something like this. Health , I am afraid is not one of the things that works very well with DIY
 

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