I’ve been working in organic synthesis lab as an undergraduate student for more than a year. It turned out a few weeks ago that I have strong allergic reaction (rash, itching) on organic solvents or some compounds. It had never appeared before, and I’m pretty sure that my work in the lab has caused it, and my doctor agreed with that. Fortunately, I have done all practical part of my bachelor thesis in time, so now it’s no necessity to work in lab.
I’m very eager to organic synthesis and I am one of the best students at our department, but it appears to me that I can’t continue my research in this field. On the other hand, I’m very interested in organic chemistry and don’t want to change my specialty completely.
Could anyone suggest a kind of research I may be involved in without damaging my health? Have you ever heard about chemists with allergy to chemicals? What do they do now? I thank in advance for any answers