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As stupid as this sounds: Might I be allergic to denim?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by mixedmajik, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. mab91

    mab91 New Member

    Oct 1, 2014
    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!
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2014
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  2. mixedmajik

    mixedmajik Senior member

    Jan 10, 2013
    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.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2015
  3. SDCripps

    SDCripps New Member

    Oct 12, 2015
    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
  4. bowthy123

    bowthy123 New Member

    Aug 23, 2016
    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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