Are You Allergic To Your…Clothes?!

    If you are wondering which garments are likely to have it and why it is used, the answer is it’s in a wide range of clothes and used to wide range of features, such as:

    • Permanent press
    • Anti-cling, anti-static, anti-wrinkle and anti-shrink finishes
    • Chlorine-resistant finishes
    • Stiffening of lightweight knits
    • Waterproof finishes
    • Perspiration proof finishes

    That irritation or an allergic reaction can result from clothing may not be a surprise to you. You may have a garment that has led you to conclude that you are allergic to the material that it is made from. That you are allergic to a certain fabric is possible, but its dye is more likely the problem.

    For example, the Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries identified the blue, black, green and violet liners in women’s pants to be a cause of allergic reactions because of the disperse dye used. These can cause severe acute eczema reactions that may become chronic, the agency said.

    Skin care professionals also caution individuals about metallic decorations on their clothes, especially jeans. The metal commonly used to produce those decorative effects is nickel, a known irritant and allergen.

    So what should you look for when considering whether or not your apparel is causing you problems? Common symptoms of allergy or irritant dermatitis include:

    • Redness
    • Hive-like rashes
    • Eczema or eczema-like conditions
    • Burning and itching sensations
    • Scaly skin

    In addition to the skin-related side effects, a person may experience watery eyes, scratchy throat or a runny nose. You should also note that problems tend to be most likely in areas where there are high levels of friction or sweating. This may include spots such as the thighs, inner elbows and around the neck.

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