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post #16 of 24

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post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post
 

Eczema can be triggered by heat and humidity. Jeans tend to trap both more than khakis, so that could be a contributing factor. If that's the case there isn't much you can do about it, unfortunately, except try to keep cool & treat the rash when it recurs. Does the eczema ointment help?

 

 

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I get a rash from the softest merino wool :-(

E45 cream takes away the pain...

Maybe that would calm things down for the moment..

Just wear natural fibres until it heals, then I'd suggest you try a soft denim pair (not heavyweight or slubby) from a higher end brand..

Hope that helps:)


To both of you, I stopped wearing jeans for 3 weeks and used the eczema/steroid cream on my leg and it was clearing the spots up. Tried jeans again for the first time agian today as doctor said once I finished the cream, and the spots have instantly become itchy and are re-emerging (exact same spots in exact same places)...extremely itchy and uncomfortable. The amount of restraint I'm exercising right now to not itch them is beyond humane.

 

So what we can conclude for whichever future lurkers have a similar problem. There is nothing you can do haha. Maybe I'll start buying pajamajeans :P Actually strongly considering it.

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Originally Posted by mixedmajik View Post




To both of you, I stopped wearing jeans for 3 weeks and used the eczema/steroid cream on my leg and it was clearing the spots up. Tried jeans again for the first time agian today as doctor said once I finished the cream, and the spots have instantly become itchy and are re-emerging (exact same spots in exact same places)...extremely itchy and uncomfortable. The amount of restraint I'm exercising right now to not itch them is beyond humane.

So what we can conclude for whichever future lurkers have a similar problem. There is nothing you can do haha. Maybe I'll start buying pajamajeans :P Actually strongly considering it.

Diesel do "Jogg Jeans" - you might consider trying those - I can't believe you'd be allergic to those as well..

Just a suggestion,,,smile.gif
post #19 of 24
I had same problem with Denim......after many Blood tests etc I was informed by Consultant that I was allergic to Denim.......He suggested a more softer material and 100 % Cotton I tried Cord Jeans and never looked back....the problem sorted in 2 Weeks ....but make u get good quality and fit
post #20 of 24

Let’s put some science to this problem and take out the speculations that have no cause effect proof. 

If there is an allergic reaction, the allergic reaction should be seen on other parts of the body exposed to the same fabric. Reactions on the back of the leg could be an allergic reaction caused by the pressing and rubbing of the fabric against the skin in that area.

Let’s look at what denim is and how it is made?

From Encyclopedia Britannica,”

Denim, durable twill-woven fabric with colored (usually blue) warp and white filling threads;

It is also woven in colored stripes." 

It’s a weave often used for blue jeans. 

Fibers can consist of cotton and cotton blends with polyester, Lycia spandex, and other trace fibers that are introduced intentionally to produce a desired fabric property. 

Other fibers can be introduced into the denim fabric by using recycled fibers made from shredding old recycled fabrics for their fibers. 

Recycled fabrics made into fibers produce shorter and shorter fibers with each recycling. 

Short fibers are not as durable as the longer virgin fiber.

Skin irritations can come from the lubricating fluids applied to reduce friction and thread breaks while weaving the fabric. and or, by finishing chemicals applied to the fabric.

These can usually be removed by washing the denim with soaps or detergents.

Another cause of irritation can come from short fiber tips pricking the skin or the weave of the fabric catching hair nubs on the leg and pulling them. 

Using soft water or fabric softeners, when washing the fabric, can help. 

Color dyes and be toxic. Several washings to remove excess dye can be helpful. Also, it has been reported that washing the jeans with 1 cup of sea salt in the wash cycle can set the color. 

Certain size weaves with Spandex can also hold on to short hairs and cause irritation.

The detergent used to wash the denim can cause irritation especially if it is not rinsed out well. 

II the cleaning product is causing the problem try changing washing products or use soaps recommended for baby cloths. 

I hope this helps.

 

 

post #21 of 24

I have the same outbreaks a few times a year. I have excema but I think it's contact dermatitis. It only happens if I wear jeans and it either rains or it's really hot outside. It itches like crazy and gets red. If I scratch it, it stays for a couple weeks but if I don't, it usually fades away within a few days. It's usually on my backside but it recently started happening on my upper thigh. Don't know if that helps but at least you know you're not the only one suffering!

post #22 of 24
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Another cause of irritation can come from short fiber tips pricking the skin or the weave of the fabric catching hair nubs on the leg and pulling them.

 

 


Constantly forget I made this topic and then see the alerts in my inbox. Anyway I seriously think this in bold might be it. The contact dermatitis mab mentioned is possible as well. Of course I'll never know because I have since stopped wearing jeans after the creation of this topic. Unfortunately, to this day the back of both of my legs have a seemingly permanent scar tissue over them in the affected area; it does not even feel like skin anymore if you touch those regions so perhaps some irreversible damage was done.

post #23 of 24
Don't know if you ever found your answer, but here is an excerpt from another page I thought you might find interesting:

"Causes of Allergic Reaction to Clothes
An allergic reaction to clothes is mostly caused by the glues, dyes, tanning agents, chemical additives and formaldehyde finishing resins used in the processing of the fabric as opposed to the fabric itself. Clothing or fabric that has been contaminated with oils, grease, creosote, pitch or coal tar can cause an allergic reaction such as folliculitis or acne.

Urushiol is a type of oil present in ivy and oak plants. When this oil gets in contact with your clothing, allergic contact dermatitis can result. Metallic dust particles including arsenic trioxide as well as antimony trioxide can adhere to your clothes and cause allergic contact dermatitis and red, elevated, blistering lesions.The waistband and brassieres used in pants and underwear can cause allergic contact dermatitis in the areas of the skin they have been in contact with."


Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/547341-symptoms-of-an-allergy-to-clothing/#page=1

- Sarah
post #24 of 24
I have similar issues with skin on legs...problem went away during a summer of chinos and shorts. But came back after just a day wearing jeans!
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