Are You Allergic To Your…Clothes?!

A white shirt hanging on a clothes-lineAs the weather changes, it’s likely your wardrobe will follow suit. For a number of reasons, as it gets colder, our skin also tends to change. A symptom such as chapped skin may easily be overlooked as a seasonal affair, but in reality, it could be your seasonal gear.

Many people aren’t aware that clothing allergies exist. It’s not a problem that only arises with winter apparel, but its one that may be more noticeable then because people tend to have more contact with fabrics for longer periods.

During the summer, for example, your arms may be bare most of the season, and if you do cover them, it’s likely only for the short period that you spend in a cold place, such as movie theater. But, in the winter, you will likely cling to your sleeves all day, most every day.

Understandably, clothing allergies may be one of those things that cause you to sigh and shake your head. Another category of ordinary items is being deemed a threat, you may be thinking.

That’s largely because people that sell things like to experiment so that they can capture more attention from people who buy things.

There are now flame resistant shirts, hoodies, overalls, and jackets. Good marketing or a sensationalist sales pitch could get a company to mandate flame resistant gear for their employees. What that marketing is less likely to do is to explain that producing flame resistant garments involves using a chemical process. It is even more unlikely that any adverse effects associated with those chemicals will be discussed. Instead, people may just pile on layers of these garments because they supposed to be safe and that’s what they are told to do.