I was asked an interesting question recently:
“Dr. Ishiguro, is it true that clothes can sometimes cause itchy rashes and allergies?”
And my answer to that is:
Clothing Allergies: The Scary Truth
Most of my patients report the following symptoms, once they fall prey to their unexpected clothing allergies:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Skin redness
- Blisters which crack and leak fluids, which crust around the affected skin
But these are just the mild symptoms which can plague you. When it comes down to the not-so-ok-to-live-with symptoms… things can change by up to 180 degrees.
I’m talking about a chronic, recurring rash accompanied by itching, and swelling of the area and asthma attacks. Your skin might also darken and crack.
But things can get a whole lot worse.
In 2008, a woman from Ohio went to court, accusing Victoria’s Secret for making her “utterly sick” after wearing her new bra. In her lawsuit, the plaintiff said the rash she suffered was “red hot to the touch, burning and itching.”
As more people came forth (600 to be exact) claiming horrific skin reactions (and permanent scarring to some) as a result of wearing Victoria Secret’s bras, lawsuits were filed in Florida and New York – after the lawyers found formaldehyde in the bras…
The Same Substance Used to Preserve Corpses!
You see, these horrifying symptoms that I mentioned above pop up soon after your skin gets in contact with chemical additives that were used to make the clothes you’re wearing, such as:
- fabric dyes: – on the long term, fabric dies cause reproductive health issues, reduced sperm count in men, can trigger cancer and interfere with your immune system.
- formaldehyde resins: this is a commonly used flammable chemical, and a human carcinogen. Immediate exposure to it can lead to tightness of the chest, burning feeling in the eyes, nose and throat, low energy levels, fatigue, and constant headaches.
So I urge you to take this crucial piece of advice: if your skin is particularly sensitive, don’t wear fabrics which might trigger a skin outbreak:
- polyester (and other fabrics made from it, such as: Terylene, Dacron, Lycra or Vycron)
- permanent press / durable press
- anti-cling, anti-static, anti-wrinkle, and anti-shrink (especially shrink proof wool)
- waterproofing and stain resistance (especially for suede and chamois)
- perspiration proof
- moth proof
- mildew resistant
Did you know that acrylic, polyester and spandex are actually made from coal and petroleum derivatives?
And according to The American Contact Dermatitis Society, all these fabrics are most likely to have been treated with formaldehyde.
But that’s not the only thing they contain. Along with toxins such as brominated flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals (Teflon), manufacturers aim to change the quality fabric and keep it wrinkle free, so that it doesn’t need ironing.
But wearing wrinkle resistant clothes is certainly not worth the risk of suffering from infertility, respiratory diseases, contact dermatitis, or even cancer.
So what can you do?
Choose Clothes Made from Natural Fiber
So, what you can safely wear without worrying about a possible clothing allergy are clothes made from natural fibers:
This will greatly help you reduce the risk of being exposed to highly poisonous fabrics.
So now, you may ask yourself:
“But Dr. Ishiguro, What Should I Do to Get Rid of My Current Allergies?”
Here are a few steps that will help you deal with this problem:
- Take a look at the label: if you can only see toxic fabrics listed, then stop using those clothes right away
- Use coconut oil, which helps cool eczema itching and pain.
- You can also use fir essential oil – consume 2-4 drops of fir oil with a bit of water, honey or tea, 3 times. The treatment should last for 3 weeks.
- You could also take a bath using oat flakes. Grind a cup of oatmeal until it turns into an extremely fine dust. And then add it to your bath water. The oatmeal helps smooth skin and eliminates itchy and dry skin. So make sure you spend at least 20 minutes soaking in that highly beneficial water.
Alternatively, you could replace the oatmeal flakes with sodium bicarbonate, which is highly effective in calming down the rash.
Do this every night, before going to bed or whenever necessary.
So what are your thoughts on the topic?
What do you do to get rid of your skin rashes?
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To your health!