Buying clothes when you have allergies


If you are anything like me, buying new clothes, whether it be jeans, shirts, dresses or other usually means that you are going to come home very itchy! I recently went clothes shopping and even just trying on 2 dresses made my body insanely itchy. I often find it takes a good wash before I can wear cloths without them causing hives all over my skin. There are a few chemicals that are often used in textile manufacturing and these can cause skin irritations ranging from mild to severe, for many people. Anytime I go shopping, I always plan to come home right after, as I know only a shower will help me. I also tend to have a lukewarm shower as having a really hot one will open my pores and often leads to more hives and feeling even itchier.

Now, buying used clothes on the other hand has its own challenges as well… If you have very sensitive skin, or are allergic to pet dander then trying on these clothes can also mean a skin irritation or allergy and may even lead to hives or even trigger asthma for some of us. I tend to be very cautious about buying used clothes, and only try on ones from friends who I know don’t have pets. But even at that… What laundry detergents did they use to clean their clothes? Did they use dryer sheets that had fragrance or were the dryer sheets fragrance free? These are all questions many of us ask ourselves. If you have found yourself pondering any of the above, then you deserve a pat on the back. It is extremely important to think ahead. To ask questions.

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  1. Thank you for your blog. I just found it today. I tried to start a blog a few years ago but ran into a glitch. Anyway, I am searching for an answer as to what is in clothing tags that irritates me so much. Oh my goodness, I have to ruin their value by taking the tags out of the clothing. Then tonight I switched to a tagless top only to find that I am still irritated. I have a latex allergy. Who would have thought. I avoid latex like the plague. I am so naive to think that every industry would reveal that they use latex in products. I found out that latex is in many of our toothbrushes too. But in the tags on my clothes?

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