Your Guide to Textile Dermatitis: Latex Hypersensitivity & Polyester Allergy

Your Guide to Textile Dermatitis- Latex Hypersensitivity & Polyester Allergy Explained

By Laura Dolgy (see bio below)

Imagine this scenario…you get back home from shopping after purchasing that adorable blouse you’ve been eyeing for a while. You’ve purchased the blouse for tonight’s dinner party and cannot wait to show it off to your friends and family.

You rip off the tag in haste, throw it on and start getting ready, but something is…wrong. Not long after throwing on the top, you realize your neck is covered in hives and itching uncontrollably. You immediately take the blouse off and notice that your skin is inflamed and hot to the touch. What the ****!

If this scenario is at all familiar to you, then you may have textile dermatitis, and you’ll want to read on. This week we discuss latex hypersensitivity reactions and the sometimes lesser known polyester allergy. Learn how to identify symptoms, AND get some tips and discover alternative clothing to try!

Please keep in mind that although these tips and information have worked for several eczema sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.

What is Textile Contact Dermatitis?

Many people who have sensitive skin can develop allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) due to certain chemical additives in clothing and from specific fabrics used in clothing. While it is possible to have an allergic reaction to the fabric fiber itself, the majority of textile contact dermatitis cases are due to an allergic reaction to the fabric’s chemical processing agents.

Common chemical additives that can cause contact dermatitis include: formaldehyde (used to make fabrics wrinkle-resistant), para-phenylenediamine, dyes (e.g. azo and anthraquinone), chrome, cobalt, nickel, nylon, and latex. Metallic fasteners and zippers may also be the source of allergic contact dermatitis.[1]

The formal term for such allergic reactions is textile contact dermatitis. Polyester and latex allergies are some of the most common causes of textile contact dermatitis.

Most allergic symptoms are usually temporary and topical and the most common one is skin reaction, a rash. Some individuals, however, can develop a more severe systemic reaction called anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Swollen and red skin, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Shortness of breath (with or without wheezing)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness

If you develop any of these serious allergic symptoms, please seek urgent medical attention at a local emergency room.

Less serious allergic symptoms can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Belly pain or diarrhea

Aside from contact allergy, there is non-allergic contact dermatitis, also known as irritant contact dermatitis, which occurs when an irritant gets in contact with the protective outer layer of your skin, damaging it.

Irritant contact dermatitis can become worse if you’re exposed to heat, cold, friction (for example, when your skin is rubbing against the material that contains the irritant), or dry air (low humidity).

While both contact allergy and irritant contact dermatitis can be quite uncomfortable, thankfully, they aren’t contagious. What’s more, they can easily be avoided if you pay more attention to your shopping – particularly by not purchasing things that contain latex or polyester, to name a few.

Which Products Contain Latex/Polyester?

Although latex can be found in several household supplies, polyester is usually more difficult to avoid. Check out our list below to get a good understanding of which products or clothing tend to contain these two allergens.

If you think you have an allergy to latex or a latex sensitivity, you should try to avoid the following products as they might cause allergic reactions:

  • Clothing containing exposed elastic bands, such as pants, underwear, running shoes and coats with fitted cuffs.
  • Certain household products such as bathmats, rugs and rubber gloves.
  • Craft supplies, certain make-up, adhesives, erasers and much more.
  • Anything containing elastic (unless made of lycra, spandex or elastane).

There are many online forums with anecdotal accounts of individuals with a latex allergy also reacting to shea butter products. While there is no known scientific connection between shea and latex, if you have an allergy to latex, it may be wise to practice caution when trialing products containing shea butter.

Read More: The Allergy Scoop: Coconut Oil, Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter

Read More: Should You Worry About a Shea Butter Allergy?

Alternatively, for a polyester allergy, you’ll want to try to avoid the following products:

  • Certain exercise clothing, pajamas, shirts, blouses, etc.
  • Certain toys that include doll hair or plush faux furs.
  • Certain carpets and bed sheets.

Make sure to always read labels before purchasing new household products or clothing. You’ll be surprised at how much stuff out there contains these two allergens and can cause a skin reaction!

Latex & Polyester Free Alternatives

Some excellent alternatives to polyester are fabrics such as Cotton, silk, or lyocell. 

For those suffering from dust mite allergies, these latex and polyester-free 100% cotton Allergy Mattress Encasements are great!

If you are searching for pajamas that are polyester and latex-free, 100% Organic Cotton fabrics are an excellent alternative. Check out this One-Piece Footed Pajama for Kids (with a latex free elastic waist), as well as a Pajama Top for Adults that not only provide comfort but also can help heal your skin by preventing scratching with attached protective mittens.

For the feet, these 100% organic cotton Hypoallergenic Socks are fantastic! And yes, they are latex and polyester free!

For latex-free underwear, opting for 100% Organic Cotton is also a great choice. It can be difficult to find a safe elastic, but we’ve got you covered…these undies contain latex-free elastic. These Women’s Waist Briefs are perfect for sensitive skin. For men, you can avoid any sort of elastic altogether with these Drawstring Boxers.

For those affected by breast eczema or skin irritation, make sure to check out the Cottonique Front Closure Bra and Bra Liner. Both are made with 100% Organic Cotton and completely hypoallergenic.

Check out this curated collection of Natural cotton wear for eczema sufferers.

If you’re experiencing groin eczema due to latex hypersensitivity, definitely check out our blog post: 4 Ways to Relieve Groin Eczema.

For full body coverage, check out these gentle clothing alternatives by Remedywear. Made with super soft TENCEL embedded with anti-inflammatory zinc, they’re great for wearing alone as pajamas or underneath regular clothing during the day to protect the skin. The waist bands contain latex-free elastic covered by the clothing material, so no elastic is touching the skin.

Remedwear Long Shirt for Kids – Provides gentle protection to the arms, chest, stomach, and back.

Remedywear Long Shirt for Adults – Features moisture-wicking sweat control, as well as antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.

Remedywear Pants for Kids – Stretchy and form-fitting, these eczema pants protect the legs, knees, and buttocks.

Remedywear Pants for Adults –These legging-like pants protect the skin from scratching and also boost the healing process.

Other Causes

Aside from latex and polyester allergies, there are several other allergens that can contribute to clothing dermatitis.

It is not a secret that some clothing contains harsh chemicals and dyes to achieve the desired effect. For example, formaldehyde is used to make clothing that is wrinkle-resistant. Yes, that’s the same chemical used in embalming fluid. Yuck! Chemicals are also used in fabrics that are color-fast and stain-resistant, as well as in corduroy and shrink-proof wool. None of the clothing above contains any of these harsh chemicals.

Read More: Why Natural Fibers Are Essential For Eczema Clothing

A Latex/Polyester “Elimination Diet”

If you’ve read any of our past blog posts, you’ll notice we discuss food-elimination diets very often because we believe in healing from within.

An elimination diet is carried out by eliminating food allergens for a certain period of time and reintroducing each individually to determine which food is causing the reaction.

Like a food elimination diet, you can choose to run a latex/polyester “elimination diet” as well! Here is what to do so you can avoid contact dermatitis.

  1. Start by separating your clothing or household products by allergy-prone materials such as latex, polyester, and Spandex. Nylon allergy is pretty common, too – so eliminate nylon as well, just to be sure.
  2. For the first few days (and to treat possible flare-ups), wear only hypersensitivity-approved materials such as 100% organic cotton or silk.
  3. Slowly reintroduce one allergy-prone material, such as latex or polyester, over a several-day period to determine which material is causing a reaction.
  4. Make sure to track your results in a health diary or journal like this one to really understand what is causing the flare-up.

If you’re not able to determine the allergen or you’re experiencing severe flare-ups or symptoms, make sure to seek a medical practitioner to get a proper diagnosis. Patch testing is one diagnostic option for patients with suspected allergic contact dermatitis.

Practical Tips

  • Choose natural fabrics such as cotton, silk or lyocell
  • Choose light coloured clothing as these will contain less dye
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing in hot/humid environments
  • Avoid clothing that is labeled “non-iron” and “dirt-repellent,” as it is likely these have been chemically treated
  • Avoid clothing marked “wash separately” as this implies dyes easily bleed from the fabric [1]

Although a latex or polyester contact allergy might be annoying to deal with, thankfully, there are several safe clothing and bedding alternatives. Find out what’s safe for you, and you can steer clear of textile dermatitis.

Do you have a known latex or polyester allergy? Let us know what safe materials you opt for below!

References:
1. https://dermnetnz.org/topics/textile-contact-dermatitis/

Dr. Joanna "Asia" Jaros, MD

Dr. Joanna "Asia" Jaros is a current Dermatology resident at Cook County Hospitals and Health System (CCHHS). Dr. Jaros is committed to providing compassionate, equitable, and evidence-based care for all of her patients. Her special research interests include eczema, chronic urticaria, and diet and lifestyle modifications in dermatology.

51 Comments

  1. Lisa Pearson on July 12, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for good pillows and bedding and dust mite covers that are polyester and latex-free?

    • Jennifer Roberge on July 13, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Lisa – I don’t know of any companies off hand, but I did some quick research and Allersoft looks good. I’d reach out to them to double check, but they seems to be polyester and latex free, but not nylon free.

      • Jane on July 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

        Healthy Child has 100% organic cotton dust mite covers and other bedding that’s latex and polyester-free. And nylon free. You can find the dust mite covers, cotton pillows, organic cotton sheets, cotton mattress protectors, etc. at https://www.healthychild.com/product-category/natural-organic-bedding/

        Jane

        • janet on October 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm

          Bamboo is in the latex/rubber family. If you are as sensitive as I am, this will make you worse.

    • Leslie on January 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Lisa. I found some bamboo pillow covers with a zip. I stuffed them with large, folded pure cotton bath towels. I zipped the cases and covered with a cotton pillow case. Prior to this I had resorted to sleeping without a pillow, due to itchy cheeks. I found my bamboo pillow case at Olle’s, a discount store in Michigan. It was only $8 for a two pack!

    • Christina R. on January 16, 2023 at 1:26 pm

      I need to know this, too! I would love a Reply to this question. My daughter is in dire straits with regard to finding safe, allergy-free **Pillows*** and bedding.

    • Essie on November 21, 2023 at 9:56 pm

      It’s been a while since your comment, but I got untreated 100% cotton sheets and pillow cases from Vermont Country Store at a reasonable price. 1-800-564-4623. They also have a few 100% cotton (both shell and fill) quilts and if I recall there’s a comforter filled with silk fiber rather than poly or feathers. They may have a few other items of bedding that would work. Most of the time, orders over $65 are shipped free. Their customer service is excellent if you need answers.
      Good luck!

  2. tracey bedford on July 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Found out grandson was allergic to Polyester, so now make sure all his bedding and clothes are 100% cotton, been a lot easier since then. donated all his clothes that were made of polyester to Charity Shops.

    • Jennifer Roberge on July 13, 2017 at 7:02 pm

      Hi Tracey – Wow! So great that you found that out – it can be hard to determine.

  3. Leslie on January 16, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I am allergic to latex and polyester. I also seem to have a problem with anything that exerts pressure on my skin–it can be something as benign as a seam. I also have become allergic to most processed foods. I basically do well on chicken, meat, fish, most vegetables and some fruits. I avoid bananas, latex and kiwi because they are said to have the same proteins as latex. I also get swollen lips from almost any stone fruit. I get itchy from eating chocolate. I sometimes get itchy from coconut oil and shea butter so tend to avoid them. I use a moisturizer called Egyptian Magic that I bought on eBay. I also purchased some old fashioned, unscented lye soap on eBay.
    I found some nice 100% cotton, 100% silk and silk/cotton blends from both wintersilk.com and normthompson.com. (Though you have to weed through some somewhat frumpy styles to find the cute styles)Their silk undershirts and camisoles make great liners. And my most recent discovery is that cotton medical scrubs with drawstring waists make great at home loungewear:) In closing, I would recommend that anyone with multiple allergies ask their doctor for both a C Reactive Protein test and an ANA (anti nuclear antibody) test.

  4. Jenna Ahern on January 21, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Have you ever heard of Wicked Sheets? This helped my night sweats and was Certified Allergy and Asthma Friendly. Great product and feels great to sleep in!

    • Jim cosgrove on September 5, 2019 at 4:32 am

      I had a bad allergic reaction to compression socks. I broke out in a rash with blisters and very itchy. I am allergic to latex. Anyone have any information or where I can get compression socks that don’t have any latex in them or made with any latex

      • Dianne on September 12, 2023 at 10:22 am

        Newzill brand compression socks are latex free. You can find them on Amazon.

  5. Rebecca on May 17, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Has anyone had skin reactions to “tagless” tags? Such as Hanes T-shirts? I’m in a runaround complaint process with Hanes customer service right now trying to find out what’s in these tags, but I think it’s latex. You go through all the trouble of getting 100% cotton shirts only to get bit by the plastered-on tag at the neck that you can’t remove. Don’t these companies have a duty to report allergens?

    • Jennifer Roberge on May 17, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Hi Rebecca – I wish companies did have to report them, but sadly there are no standards for materials used in clothing and disclosures of allergens. With eczema, it’s best to steer clear of tagless items because if the material itself isn’t an allergen itself, as the material wears down it gets scratchy and irritating, so that’s no good either.

    • Renee on August 6, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      I am allergic to latex and these tagless-tags make my skin flare up. I saw this on YouTube and now use oil of wintergreen to remove the writing: https://youtu.be/6SxuZDPg24c

      • Rebecca on October 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm

        Oh I just saw this comment… going to check this out, thanks!

  6. Fotogirl on June 25, 2018 at 12:07 am

    A few tips. Please be aware of what is in your mattress. Many memory foam mattresses have latex products in them. My tempurpedic does and I cannot return it. So I bought a all cotton mattress cover. My sis is…and I need advice….where can I find socks without elastic….underwear and bras without elastic or latex? I’m itchy all the time. I try to look for underwear with banded legs and waist but difficult. I’m big breasted. I have to wear a bra…but suffer greatly.

    • Jennifer Roberge on June 25, 2018 at 10:40 am

      Hi there – Great tips about mattresses! There are a few latex free and even a few elastic free options for underwear at The Eczema Company here. And 100% organic cotton socks with no elastic here. I hope this helps!

    • Sarah on October 12, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      I just found a company called Cottonique…they have all the things you mentioned. Blessings, Sarah

    • janet on October 16, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Just recently I found an article on Cottonique and went in on their website. They have 100% cotton underclothing. I also found Buster Brown 100% cotton socks through Amazon just recently. They are light weight which I need for Florida.

    • Kelly on February 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm

      I have the same problem! This summer I invested in bra-liners, which are basically cotton flannel bands to slip under your bra cups. Since for me, the worst is under my breasts, these work perfectly. And I didn’t have to replace my bras, which are expensive and hard enough to find one that fits properly! If you have problems with the shoulder and back straps, too, bra liners won’t be as helpful. At one point I did cut up some cotton sleeveless undershirts to wear under my bras so the straps didn’t make skin contact. Not the cutest, but at least I didn’t itch…

    • Bernadette Bailey on July 9, 2019 at 7:07 pm

      You can buy wide ribbon and gather it around the waistband. Hope that helps! Also I bought I dyed cotton muslin fabric and made my own panties. Not beautiful but even wearing these part time can help

    • Christine Happs on February 2, 2020 at 11:14 pm

      Marks and Spencer’s said all their underwear is latex free

    • Kat on July 10, 2021 at 3:19 pm

      Decent exposures has latex free everything. A bit pricey but I’ve worn their underwear since 2013 and never an issue.

    • Sarah Potts on April 13, 2023 at 2:14 pm

      I cannot sleep on any mattress which I think is because of latex content! Also blow-up mattresses have the same effect. My heart races and I find it impossible to fall asleep. I have been sleeping on the floor now for 2 yrs.

  7. Leslie on June 26, 2018 at 6:13 am

    I bought a bra at Cottonique-an online store. However, when I was at my worst, even the non latex stretchy material in their bra bothered me. I was also suffering from contact dermatitis. I ended up liking the ahh bra–because it was less binding. My rheumatologist put me on Plaquenil and I no longer get hives!!!!

  8. Sarah Couture on July 18, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I have a problem, not mentioned here. I am a CPAP user. I couldn’t figure out why my scalp was itching and breaking out. In the night last night, I realized that it was itching badly enough to wake me up!!! I looked up my headgear on line this morning. My headgear for my mask is made of elastane and polyamide!!!! The only help on line was to buy or make covers for the elastic. I’m calling the company as soon as they open today. I woke at 5:30 a.m. and can’t get back to sleep. Sarah

    • Jenni on September 12, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      I wanted to warn anyone who might have the need for crutches-Make sure they are latex free!! I had surgery in my knee- and the whole thing- latex free and very swayed- I got home- got out of the car and used crutches to get inside- the pads on the handles made my hands break out- blustery hives – well… I’m still having delayed reaction a month later- I just didn’t think to say no latex on the crutches.

    • Suzanne ucci on October 10, 2020 at 7:20 pm

      Sarah .. omg I am a cpap user as well and my scalp has been itching for 9 months. I just realized that the insane scalp itching is from the straps! I’ve been putting cotton bandanas on my head before I put the cpap head gear on.. no itching at all!
      I’ve been to an allergist immunologist and 2 dermatologistS and not one of the mentioned anything about the cpap straps. I’ve also become highly sensitive to latex

  9. Janet Gyford on January 21, 2020 at 10:57 am

    I always thought Nylon and Polyester were the same – can explain the difference ? Thanks.

  10. Kat on December 13, 2020 at 7:59 pm

    Does anyone have recommendations for swimwear that are actually nice, but also are great if you suffer from dermatitis?

  11. Lauren on January 10, 2021 at 4:10 am

    Similar to a comment above, I am looking for swimwear and bra options (outside of Cottonique) to try that are compatible with rubber accelerator contact dermatitis allergies. I am highly allergic to carbamix and thiuram, and have been told by too specialists that my best option is trial and error. It is so discouraging since these components are obviously not identifiable in the material/fabric description of garments!

    ANY recommended sources to explore for swimwear or bras would be much appreciated.

    • Amanda on September 23, 2022 at 10:25 pm

      Have you found anything? We have the same allergies

    • Stephanie Packwood on March 5, 2023 at 7:29 pm

      Hi, I have carba mix/thiuram, formaldehyde, and epoxy resin allergies, as well as topical steroid/inhaler allergies, so my family has been on a quest for the past two months to find itch/burn/hives/welt/blister-free clothing, shoes, moisturizers, bedding, electronics, personal care products, cleaners, etc. I’ve leaned the following:
      1) Latex-free does NOT mean carba mix free! Carba mix is used on latex-free clothing and textiles. Latex-free clothing/textiles can also contain formaldehyde/formaldehyde releasers and epoxy resin.
      2) My dermatologist told me it is highly unlikely that I will ever find any hair dye or cosmetics that are formaldehyde/carba mix/steroid free because even the organic product chains find loop holes that allow them to use formaldehyde releasers or chemically-related compounds. (I haven’t given up, but I have a pile of products that caused break-outs after the first or second try. My daughter has researched a lot of European sites, and we have our fingers crossed.)
      3) I’m allergic to Allbirds 100% organic latex-free shoes and to Rawginique’s 100% organic hand sewn hemp shoes and products.
      4) Cottonique’s 100% organic cotton elastic-free undergarments, pants, booties, and hoodies with sleep masks have been a life saver. However, when they come into contact with carba mix , formaldehyde, or epoxy resin they can become an irritant to my skin until they have washed through a couple detergent-free, extra-rinse cycles.
      5) I’ve had to give up on the gym because there’s so much carba mix and formadehyde in the work-out areas that each visit sets off an immediate allergic reaction for days and keeps me from sleeping. Please recommend ways to work out without setting off allergies. I’ve tried taking antihistamines before and afterwards, covering myself head to toe, and showering immediately afterwards, doing sinus cleanses, washing clothing, etc., but it’s gotten crazy, and all my shoes give me blisters, hives, burning skin, and welts.

      • Speedstarr35 on March 22, 2023 at 2:22 pm

        Hello Stephanie,
        I have just recently learned about https://www.vionicshoes.com/ . They say they are latex free on their FAQ page. I have not worn them yet. I hope to order soon to see how I do with them. I also emailed these 2 companies https://www.lemsshoes.com/ and https://olukai.com/ Lems shoes emailed back and said their Chelsea Boots and the Drifters are the only shoes with latex. Olukai emailed back and stated all their shoes/sandals are Latex free. I have not worn either of these brands yet either. Please email to verify for yourself. I hope this helps you are your journey…The Good Lord knows I need help as well 🙂

        I thought maybe this might be a good reference for you as well…https://non-toxic-home.org/books

        • Speedstarr35 on March 22, 2023 at 2:27 pm

          Stephaine, I also wanted to give you a few other options to maybe look into…https://www.myhairprint.com/ for your hair.

          ttps://www.miracleii.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_1 for soap for the hair, body, and hands. Laundry ball is wonderful! My Family and I have used it for several yrs 🙂

  12. Kat on July 10, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Decent exposures has underwear and swimwear among other products. Great company!

  13. Fiona on September 13, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Latex is not the same as Lycra / Spandex – this is technically incorrect !!!
    Lycra and Spndex are trade names for Elastane .
    Latex is rubber based Elastane is not .

    Sporstwear / intimates / swimwear anything stretchy and contouring are knitted which is mechanically stretchy construction plus some percentage of elastane …. Not LATEX !

  14. chris on March 26, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    This is very frustrating. You mention materials that are alternatives to wearing spandex but you don’t suggest any clothing companies. The only clothing company that has underwear for men not containing spandex that I know is Cottonique but their underwear retains too much heat and is too thick and is full of stitching and is lumpy underneath your pants. Avoiding latex to me means avoiding underwear which means exposing my body to possible injury from sharp things inside my paints like zippers. The only other alternative is boxers which bunch up and ride up into your crouch.

  15. Zoe Moon on June 8, 2022 at 12:28 am

    Fruit of the Loom do some latex and polyester free bras and panties but for bras I prefer the Lillyette bras as they are the most comfortable ones on the market, regardless of your bra cup size. If you’re ordering off Amazon it can be confusing as to which Fruit of the Loom Panties are latex free as they lump all the Fruit Of The Loom panties beside the ones with latex so just be sure that what you have in your Amazon cart are the latex free panties.

  16. Doreen Taylor on July 14, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Hello – I was diagnosed years ago with MCS and a nickel allergy. I recently have come to think I am allergic to polyester. It is a bit of a nightmare weeding out all of the different names there are for polyester! Is there a comprehensive list please? And are polyamide – viscose and rayon okay to wear/use if you are allergic to polyester? Help would be much appreciated . Thanks.

    • Essie on November 21, 2023 at 10:52 pm

      I wanted to comment as an allergy sufferer and someone who sews clothes and household items.

      The basic difference between polyester/nylon/acrylic and rayon/acetate/Tencel is the first group are really types of plastic made from Crude Oil that is mixed with chemicals and squeezed through very tiny nozzles, like toothpaste. Those thin “yarns” are made into fabric. Among other things, they are stiffer than fabrics made from natural based materials and according to my allergist the fabrics are treated with formaldehyde to make them more wearable.

      The second group are still synthetics (man made) BUT they are made from plant extracts. The cellulose in the plant is broken down in a chemical process which depends on the specific fabric being made and is reformed into strands that make the fabric. (Tencel is supposed to use less caustic, more earth friendly chemicals in the process than the others.) Theyre able to feel and act more like cotton, linen, wool, and ramie and are less scratchy than poly, etc. They may still be treated with chemicals like formaldehyde. 100% cotton and cotton blends can also be treated.

      I’m not sure, but I believe polyamide is also a Crude Oil based plastic type, like polyester, etc.

      Latex is in another category and can be natural or synthetic, I believe. It gets a bit hazy there.

      Many, many ready to wear clothes are sewn with polyester thread, because it doesn’t shrink and pucker the seams, since its plastic. Some embroidery and trims, like lace, are polyester or nylon. Some embroidery is plant based rayon. Woven handles on totes and handbags are often polyester or nylon because it wears well. I have also found some shoelaces are polyester. Aside from cotton, which might be treated, you may be able to substitute leather thongs.

      Hope this is helpful.

  17. Speedstarr35 on March 22, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Stephaine, I also wanted to give you a few other options to maybe look into…https://www.myhairprint.com/ for your hair.

    ttps://www.miracleii.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=2_1 for soap for the hair, body, and hands. The laundry ball is wonderful! My Family and I have used it for several yrs 🙂

    One last shoe…https://www.springstepshoes.com/collections/shoes/products/loafer-fusaro I emailed this company as well…They said this she is latex free as well.

  18. Megan on June 8, 2023 at 1:47 am

    Fragrance, Propolis, Amerchol L1o1, Parabens, Sesquiterpine Lactones, Formaldehyde Resins, Decyl Glucoside, Textile Dye Mix, Carmine

    My 9year old has a rare genetic disorder and also suffers from Plantar/ Atopic / Contact Dermatitis: Recently She was wearing her plush / soft onsies and I noticed she broke out in bumps and was itchy… trial and error them and now have removed the affecting clothing.

    Are there specific key phrases to look out for such as some of the above examples, I could try to avoid for her… need tricks like the winter-green remedy. we have a holistic lifestyle, but still much to learn.

    Also, a good recommendation on shoes would be wonderful. Her feet peel and sweet badly

    She also gets heat rash on inner thighs? Thoughts on how to help this?

    Much appreciated

    • Megan on June 8, 2023 at 1:49 am

      I forgot. she would also like to get her ears pierced, but do not know in relation to provided allergies was is the best option for minimal risk of rxn. Any insight please?

      • Essie on November 21, 2023 at 11:34 pm

        If you haven’t done the piercing yet, I’ve read that over 10% of all people who do it develop a nickel allergy soon after. I did too and tried using hypoallergenic earrings. Some worked and some gave me the same reaction. I make costume jewelry and turned to making my own. Then I found that zinc is used in place of nickel in some earwires and I have noticed I react to zinc oxide in burn ointment and sunscreens, too. I almost died of shock being tested years ago and will not be tested again, but be aware that zinc is not labeled in jewelry. So my solution was to stop wearing earrings and anything not at least 14k gold or platinum.

  19. Su Battenberg on October 13, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    I have a latex contact dermatitis, and seem to be okay with Wacoal bralettes and some Soma bralettes (Enbliss may have latex on the inside of their bands?) Wacoal underwear work for me, too.
    Does anyone have a solution for disposable nighttime incontinence underwear that irritates? Depends Silhouettes usually work for me, and Rael disposable underwear seem to although they are less able to hold as much for as long, since they are all cotton and have no plastic barrier (I also like Rael’s all-cotton reusable period pads). I tried one brand of reusable nighttime incontinence underwear before it was determined that latex was my irritant problem, and couldn’t wear them at all).
    I’d welcome suggestions==

  20. Essie on November 21, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    I am an allergy sufferer who sews clothes and home items. I happened to think of a waterproof fabric used in readymade outerwear called Goretex. It’s a synthetic and I have no idea of its allergy potential. It’s essentially Teflon. It may turn out to be too heavy or stiff but you may be able to get a swatch somewhere to see before buying it. If you don’t sew yourself maybe you can find someone to make a protective outer garment to go over what you use overnight. Just an idea. The seams have to be sealed to make it completely leak proof and I don’t know the ingredients in the sealant. Goretex does breathe, though and would be more comfortable than a waterproof fabric like latex.

  21. Melissa on December 29, 2023 at 3:31 am

    I can attest the cross reactivity of shea butter and latex allergy. I just figured it out this year. I can’t use anything with Shea without breaking out in hives.

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