Imagine you just bought yourself a beautiful new shirt. You’re so excited to wear it and happily throw it on. But then suddenly you have an itching, swelling rash on your body!
If this sounds familiar, you may be allergic to your clothes. In this post, we’re going to talk about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options available for those suffering from a polyester allergy or textile dermatitis. Read on!
Please keep in mind that although what we discuss in this post can relieve eczema, we are in no way medical professionals. If you’re experiencing severe eczema symptoms like an infection, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.
What is a Polyester Allergy?
A polyester allergy is a type of fabric allergy, also known as textile dermatitis. If you suffer from a polyester allergy, you’ll notice your skin reacting after your body comes into direct contact with fabrics containing polyester. Unfortunately, polyester is a widely-used synthetic fiber that can be found in clothing, carpets, bedding, and industrial fibers.
Polyester Allergy Symptoms
A polyester allergy likely occurs as a result of irritant contact dermatitis which is when a substance irritates the skin and causes inflammation. Usually, you’ll notice a contact dermatitis reaction on a person’s skin within minutes or hours after coming into contact with the substance. That being said, the reaction may also take up to 1-2 days to appear.
Other symptoms of a polyester allergy include:
- Rashes in areas that come in contact with the polyester
- Swelling or blistering (may resemble hives)
How to Prevent a Polyester Allergy
The obvious way to avoid a polyester allergy is to stay clear of clothing or fabrics that contain polyester. This means diligently reading labels before purchasing any new clothing or household items.
Remember that polyester can be present in more than just clothing. Look out for it in carpets, bedsheets, curtain, and even toys that contain hair or fur. If you’re unable to replace your current carpet with polyester-free alternatives, you can also take preventive methods such as avoiding sitting or lying on the carpet and wearing appropriate footwear such as socks or shoes.
Clothing Alternatives for Sensitive Skin
The clothes you wear matter, especially when you’re already dealing with sensitive skin, have a pre-existing condition like eczema, work in a humid environment, or are dealing with other allergies.
Fortunately, there are some fabric alternatives that are much safer and better for your skin, such as cotton, linen, bamboo and silk.
We recommend our hypoallergenic clothing from Remedywear™. Not only do they promote a faster journey to healing, but the soft TENCEL and anti-inflammatory zinc fibers have been clinically proven to reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis, reduce itchiness, and improve quality of sleep when worn overnight for three consecutive nights .
Check our our favourites:
These breathable pants for adults and kids are incredibly lightweight and cooling. With a legging-like fit and just the right amount of comfortable stretch, they protect your skin without any added bulk. In fact, they’re perfect for wearing underneath your regular pants for daytime wear or alone as pajamas at night. Enjoy the super, soft silk-like fabric that’s sure to soothe your skin rather than irritate it.
Remedywear™ Long Sleeve Shirt
If you’re having trouble wearing clothing without aggravating your skin, check out this ultra-soft long sleeve shirt for adults and kids. Made from hypoallergenic fabric, it protects the arms, chest, and back and helps reduce inflammation. With supreme breathability and natural moisture-wicking properties, it’s easy to layer or wear on its own.
Enjoy this 100% organic cotton bra liner that’s chemical free and made without synthetic material such as polyester, latex and spandex. Wear it underneath your favorite bra or alone for minimal support.
These boxer briefs are made with super soft TENCEL that truly fits like a second skin. A latex-free elastic waist band holds the fabric in place all day and night for lasting comfort without rubbing, sliding, or pinching.
 Wiegand, 2013, Skin-protective effects of a zinc oxide-functionalized textile and its relevance for atopic dermatitis. Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol; 6: 115–121.
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for The Eczema Company. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes.