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    I’ve been playing for about 2 months, and ever since I started I have developed some allergies in the violin rosin dust (at least that’s what I think it is). It has caused me to get red eyes and it gets itchy too. It’s affecting my sleep at night because of it (I practice at night after work).

    I’m currently using this rosin : http://www.amazon.com/Super-Sensitive-9250-Clarity-Hypallergenic-Violin/dp/B0002EK0P4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

    But after a week there was no noticeable difference. Does anyone else have a better rosin recommendation? I’m not sure if it’s also because as I’m new to playing the violin, I look at the finger board quite often.

    Any help greatly appreciated, I love playing the violin but I don’t want this to be a discouraging factor for me..


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    Erin Garlock

    A quick google search brings up colophony allergy. It’s a reaction to pine sap, and unfortunately pine sap is a key ingredient for violin rosins. If this is really your problem, you should wipe down your violin, strings and bow to get rid of the old rosin. I’d also vacuum your case and wash your towel/rag.

    In addition to your Clarity rosin, I found a couple articles that mention Geipel Synthetic Rosin, and they say it’s pretty decent. I have not used it, so I can’t speak to that.

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    Thank you Erin! I didn’t know the dust is made out of pine sap. Come to think of it, I had some bad allergies with pine pollen before! That could be the reason.
    Thanks for the recommendation, but do you mean I can use both rosin on the bow at the same time? Since you said “in addition”.

    Thanks again!

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