If your wool sweater or rayon shirt makes you itch or give you rashes, you may have what is known as textile or clothing dermatitis. This is a form of contact dermatitis where your skin reacts to fibers, dyes, resin, or other chemicals that are contained in your clothes.
Any kind of fiber can cause a rash, but textile dermatitis is more likely to happen from clothes with synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, rayon, rubber, or spandex. This is because these are not as breathable as natural fibers and cause you to sweat more. Good thing the symptoms can be soothed by taking allergy medicine.
It can be hard to tell if you’re having an allergic reaction to a piece of clothing. Lamas Medical Allergy. Immunology is here to list down some of the symptoms. Take a look:
- Scaly skin
These symptoms often begin in areas where clothing is tighter or make more contact with your skin, this can be your elbows, armpits, behind your knees, or crooks of your arms. If you are unsure if you have textile dermatitis, you may visit our allergy treatment center in Miami, Florida.
Aside from getting immunotherapy, another great way to prevent it from worsening or happening again is to wear lighter (in color) natural fibers that give enough room for your skin to breathe and won’t make you sweat as much.