Are You Allergic To Your…Clothes?!

    A woman looks through one handAs 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.

    Fashion developments are not always the blessing that may appear to be. At one time, people across the nation were putting their children to bed in flame resistant pajamas. Then, it was discovered that the flame retardant chemical could leach into children’s systems. That chemical has been deemed a mutagen and carcinogen and is now banned.  

    These days, it’s common for formaldehyde resins to be used in clothing. Formaldehyde is cheap industrial chemical made from an odorless gas and it is also considered a potential carcinogen. Some people are allergic to it and it has been widely noted as a cause of dermatitis for others.

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