Polyester Allergy

PolyesterA synthetic material, such as acrylic, nylon or spandex that is used in almost every piece of winter clothing; they are used in saris as well. They can become very irritating for the skin.

Having an allergy to clothing is common, but it is mainly caused by the reaction of the skin to the clothing. Any type of eczema can be created or aggravated by these reactions. Polyester is a type of clothing that can be comfortable to wear, but not it is dangerous for people who are allergic. If the victim is suffering from eczema, polyester has the potential to aggravate it by causing itching. Most people with polyester allergies tend to have more sensitive skin than others. They also might find their skin irritated by polyester clothing.

Symptoms of polyester allergy include:

• Red marks on legs
• Red hives around upper torso
• Rashes on legs
• Hands become bright red colour
• Irritant skin
• Itching at the sight of contact
• Shortness of breath – common for people who wear tight rubber gloves.
• Eczema can appear or get worse at the site of this type of clothing.

What makes it worse?
• Tight clothes
• Obesity
• Moisture
• Skin condition – friction, trauma, damaged clothing effects
• Lack of cleanliness, overheating of skin
• Types of clothes, such as khaki, have the potential to worsen polyester allergy as well.
• Increased skin surfaced lipids
• Hyperhidrosis – leaches dyes from fabrics of skin surface with dermatitis.

It is commonly known that cotton clothing is softer on the skin and does not irritate the skin. Pure 100% cotton or a wide mix of cotton is recommended more than polyester, especially for people with allergies to polyester.
If you still have questions to be answered about polyester allergy, please see your family doctor.