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The Contact Dermatitis and Clothing Connection 1

Persons who suffer with dermatitis or sensitive skin have a difficult time living day to day avoiding allergens and the dreaded rash, itching and discomfort that comes with it. I have sensitive skin and prone to develop contact dermatitis at any time often reacting to something next to my skin that I have used for long periods of time. I recently had to discard my favorite pair of pants after months of developing a rash on my stomach and side whenever I wore them. How could this be I said to myself, of all the things in the world to have, why did I inherit this strange skin?

While researching the matter I came across some interesting information regarding contact dermatitis and clothing. It seems there are quite a few people who develop contact dermatitis from formaldehyde resins which are used for textile finishes. Apparently it's pretty common in women but men can also develop the condition if they have sensitive skin. I was amazed and had no idea that formaldehyde was used on fabrics. Can you imagine being allergic to your clothes? If you are experiencing a chronic recurring rash on various part of your body, particularly where clothes fit tightly you may want to contact your Dermatologist and request testing for this sensitivity. The rash can get particularly irritated from perspiration and in areas where the friction of the fabric rubs against the skin.

According to the American Contact Dermatitis Society common eruption sites include the posterior neck, upper back, lateral thorax (part of the body between the head or neck and abdomen), waistband and flexor (fingers) surfaces. It can however appear in other areas like the forehead if you wear a cap that's been treated with formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is used to make clothing that is wrinkle resistant (permanent press) and these can release significant amounts of the substance. The American Contact Dermatitis Society states that rayon, blended cotton, corduroy, wrinkle-resistant 100% cotton, and any synthetic blended polymer are likely to have been treated with formaldehyde resins. Women's clothing also includes lingerie and undergarments.

Many individuals are allergic to formaldehyde and know to avoid personal care products that contain formaldehyde releasing preservatives. Keep in mind that many pharmaceuticals including OTC drugs also use these same preservatives so it's not limited to skin care products. For those sensitive to formaldehyde clothing can also be a stong source of irritation.

Each country has its own manufacturing standards for acceptable levels for formaldehyde resins. A low indicator of formaldehyde releasing resin would be 75 ppm which is the Japanese standard, the US standard is somewhere near 300ppm, quite a difference.

Fabrics safe to wear: 100% silk, 100% linen (if it wrinkles easy), 100% polyester, 100% acrylic, 100% nylon, spandex, flannel (soft), wool (may cause irritation) and denim.

Do not wear these fabrics: Permanent press, wrinkle resistant, color-fast, stain-resistant, blends (including rayon, polyester-cotton), corduroy or shrink-proof wool.

It is suggested that you read the labels in your existing clothing and separate them in your closet so you will know what's safe to wear. Always opt for loose fitting clothing since friction and perspiration can cause the condition to flare. Read the labels in any new clothing before you purchase. Clothes made in Japan are the safest and companies that sell clothes in Japan also have to meet the Japanese standard.

Companies that meet the Japanese standard: GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Liz Claiborne, Eddie Bauer, Cuddle Duds and Levi Strauss. There may be others but these were on the list from the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

 

 

Source: Y Walker (http://www.m5-clothing.tk/272166-The-Contact-Dermatitis-and-Clothing-Connection.html)

  • Christian Morqueda

Organic Clothing and Natural Feelings 2

 

If we take a decision to have fabrics which is devoid of any chemicals we will be one among many to be instrumental for avoiding many negative impacts which are having far reaching consequences. The notable among them is that we are taking the first step to remove the harmful chemicals from the fertilizers and pesticides at our surroundings which are directly responsible for altering the ecosystem.

There are obvious and glaring examples through out the world, one of them is the dead zones of Gulf of Mexico. This is created by the continuous use of harmful chemicals containing in the heavy fertilizers, which is constantly pouring to the rivers and is carried down stream. This not only damages the eco balancing of the earth but also a constant threat to the endangered species, notable among them is the bald eagle.

Having taken a decision to go for only clothes that is organic or in other words without chemicals, we have to also take into account that the clothing which you are going to have, has to pass the test of fair trade regulations. The fair trade is nothing but to ensure legally and ethically that the workers who are engaged in the production of these items are treated fairly and their remunerations are in commensurate with their efforts

Adhering to the fair trade regulations is a current trend particularly for those who take the organics as their way of life and also for them who are dreaming of a pollution free earth. But the negative flip of the coin is the cost of production of eco friendly clothing. The eco friendly and fair trade goods are indeed expensive due to their cost of production. The fabrics which are exposed to fertilizers and pesticides are far cheaper than the organic one.

The fact that for the production of organic clothes requires no pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, it also gives no irritation to the skin. This is due to the non inclusive of certain addictives which normally used to prevent wrinkles to the clothes. For example, the chemical Formaldehyde, a bonder substance for the wrinkle free cotton fabrics, is a confirmed chemical for causing irritating allergy, and also most likely to induce side effects of deformities of the infants and even to the extent of causing cancer.

As a general rule the present acceptable level of formaldehyde may not be that harmful for a vast majority of humans, but it does give a harmful impact to those who are susceptible to allergies. The countries like Japan and Sweden have already banned formaldehyde in cosmetics.

It is the chemicals which make the fabrics wrinkle free look. So the absence of such chemicals will indeed pose problems and challenges for maintaining organic clothing. But thankfully there are products of organic origins to reduce the problems of maintaining organic fabrics.

When you are for organic clothing you have to go for soft laundry soaps made from organic substances, as naturally the harsh chemicals will certainly reduce the look and durability of the cotton fabrics. The greatest aspect is that such organic detergents are bio degradable and posing no threat to the eco system.

Of the many products of Earth Friendly Products, the product Ice Melt compound stands apart which is really safe for pets and plants. This product working to -13 Fahrenheit and is really safe for pets.

The Earth Friendly Products and its innovative approach will help the environment and the future generation. The internet and specialized retail stores will be giving all possible assistance.

 

 

Source: William Suburn (http://www.greendaze.org/organic-clothing-and-natural-feelings/comment-page-1/#comment-20526)

  • Christian Morqueda

Organic Clothing and Natural Feelings 2

 

If we take a decision to have fabrics which is devoid of any chemicals we will be one among many to be instrumental for avoiding many negative impacts which are having far reaching consequences. The notable among them is that we are taking the first step to remove the harmful chemicals from the fertilizers and pesticides at our surroundings which are directly responsible for altering the ecosystem.

There are obvious and glaring examples through out the world, one of them is the dead zones of Gulf of Mexico. This is created by the continuous use of harmful chemicals containing in the heavy fertilizers, which is constantly pouring to the rivers and is carried down stream. This not only damages the eco balancing of the earth but also a constant threat to the endangered species, notable among them is the bald eagle.

Having taken a decision to go for only clothes that is organic or in other words without chemicals, we have to also take into account that the clothing which you are going to have, has to pass the test of fair trade regulations. The fair trade is nothing but to ensure legally and ethically that the workers who are engaged in the production of these items are treated fairly and their remunerations are in commensurate with their efforts

Adhering to the fair trade regulations is a current trend particularly for those who take the organics as their way of life and also for them who are dreaming of a pollution free earth. But the negative flip of the coin is the cost of production of eco friendly clothing. The eco friendly and fair trade goods are indeed expensive due to their cost of production. The fabrics which are exposed to fertilizers and pesticides are far cheaper than the organic one.

The fact that for the production of organic clothes requires no pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, it also gives no irritation to the skin. This is due to the non inclusive of certain addictives which normally used to prevent wrinkles to the clothes. For example, the chemical Formaldehyde, a bonder substance for the wrinkle free cotton fabrics, is a confirmed chemical for causing irritating allergy, and also most likely to induce side effects of deformities of the infants and even to the extent of causing cancer.

As a general rule the present acceptable level of formaldehyde may not be that harmful for a vast majority of humans, but it does give a harmful impact to those who are susceptible to allergies. The countries like Japan and Sweden have already banned formaldehyde in cosmetics.

It is the chemicals which make the fabrics wrinkle free look. So the absence of such chemicals will indeed pose problems and challenges for maintaining organic clothing. But thankfully there are products of organic origins to reduce the problems of maintaining organic fabrics.

When you are for organic clothing you have to go for soft laundry soaps made from organic substances, as naturally the harsh chemicals will certainly reduce the look and durability of the cotton fabrics. The greatest aspect is that such organic detergents are bio degradable and posing no threat to the eco system.

 

Source: William Suburn (http://www.greendaze.org/organic-clothing-and-natural-feelings/comment-page-1/#comment-20526)

Can you be allergic to your underwear? 56

"Ok believe it or not this is a serious question,for a while now I have been very suspicious that I am allergic to my underwear.I will explain: Basically I kept experincing painful rashes after using my 90%cotton 10%lycra stretchy underwear.I had painful rashes on my private area including my bottom and wherever the elastic touched my skin including the leg creases.So I switched to 100%cotton underwear but of course they still have some elastic.It reduced the soreness and itching in the private area but still I was experiencing irritating rashes in the leg crease.so I started to go commando and the problem cleared up.However its not possible to go commando all the time so,yesterday i grabbed some underwear not realizing it was the stretchy kind and now I have a sore,painful and rashy private area.The same thing happens with my bras,i break out under my arms and on the sides where the bra touches my skin.does anyone know what I should do about this? is this an allergy??"

 

Source: http://www.healthexpertadvice.org/forum/Allergies/Can-you-be-allergic-to-your-underwear-27075.htm

  • Christian Morqueda

How to Help Sensory Sensitive Children 0

 

Overview

Sensory sensitivity, also known as sensory processing disorder, is a condition which, until recently, has not been fully understood. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation estimates that one in 20 children are affected by this condition. Sensory sensitivity occurs when sensory information is improperly filtered and therefore is intensified on its way to the brain. As a result, children who are sensory sensitive may become upset by sounds, textures or smells. By understanding the nature of this condition, you can help your sensory-sensitive child to function well.

Step 1

Adjust the texture and temperature of your child's clothes. According to website Remedial and Special Education, some children who are sensory sensitive have difficulty wearing certain types of clothes, particularly those that are too snug fitting, itchy or cold to the touch. You can work with your child on this by planning his clothes the night before, as this will help him know what to expect. In winter, you should also warm your child's clothing, either near a heater or in the dryer.

Step 2

Provide crunchy foods, and separate textures during meals. Website Remedial and Special Education recommends that you keep crunchy foods on hand for your sensory-sensitive child, as these foods facilitate an important "sixth sense" called proprioception, in which sensory feedback makes a person aware of movement and body position. Crunchy foods may help your child to develop better proprioception. Also, avoid mixing foods together that have conflicting textures, such as mashed potatoes and gravy.

Step 3

Avoid overcrowding your child's schedule. Remedial and Special Education says it's especially important not to "overbook" a sensory-sensitive child, as this is likely to overwhelm her. Try to space out birthday parties, trips to the zoo or picnics, so they don't occur on the same day.

Step 4

Practice deep pressure. According to Remedial and Special Education, "deep pressure" refers to a type of touch that may help to desensitize your child's tactile experience. This could include massage, a "bear hug" or wrapping your child snugly in a blanket.

Step 5

Try occupational therapy. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation says children with this condition may benefit from a type of treatment known as occupational therapy. This type of therapy, which focuses on sensory integration, often takes place in a gym environment with heightened stimuli. Although it is taught by a clinician, occupational therapy often involves family participation.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid strong-smelling fabric softeners. Remedial and Special Education emphasizes that a strongly scented fabric softener may disturb your sensory sensitive child's wearing of her clothes, and possibly disturb sleep if used on bed sheets.

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/218389-how-to-help-sensory-sensitive-children/


 


  • Christian Morqueda

Can Dye From Clothes Cause a Rash? 4

 

What is contact dermatitis?

  • Dyes from clothes can cause a rash in people who are allergic or sensitive to synthetic dyes. Contact dermatitis is a condition where a skin rash occurs after the skin is exposed to fragrances, dyes or other irritants.
    Those prone to contact dermatitis should consider wearing unbleached, nondyed garments that are labeled as such. They could also wear clothes labeled as dyed with nontoxic dyes.

    According to the Health and Safety Assessment of the Washington State Department, clothing dermatitis can result from dyes in clothes rubbing off easily on the skin. The department explains that commercial dyes are easily transferred to people in this way.
  • Remedies

  • The simplest way to reduce clothing dermatitis is to remove any clothing that has commercial dyes. Unless a garment is specifically labeled as being dyed with nontoxic dyes, it is likely dyed with much cheaper, synthetic dyes.
    According to the Safety and Health Assessment of the Washington State Department, blues and violet synthetic dyes often create skin irritation for those with this sensitivity.
    Instead, select garments that are not dyed with artificial dyes or those that are not dyed at all.
  • Preventive measures

  • Today many garments are dyed from plants, herbs and even teas. These garments are sold online or in specialty catalogs. Purchasing and wearing clothes that are not dyed with synthetic colors might reduce or eliminate skin rashes.
    It will be a process of trial and error to discover which types of clothing will not irritate an individual with clothing dermatitis.

  • Source: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_5382336_can-dye-clothes-cause-rash.html
    • Christian Morqueda

    Textile dye allergy 0


    Dyes used in textiles can cause allergic reactions. In Denmark, textile dye allergy is rare. 

    Textile dye and allergy

    During the dyeing process the textile dyes bind to the fibres of the fabric. Sometimes there is a surplus of dye, which is not bound in the fabric’s fibres, and this can bleed onto the skin. Many chemicals are used in the different textile dyes. The chemical dyes that belong to a group called azo dyes are the most allergenic. Azo dyes are used mostly to colour synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon. These dyes are water soluble; sweat can have the same effect, which leads to the dye coming in direct contact with the skin and increasing the risk of developing an allergy.

     

     

    What are the symptoms? 

    The main symptom is eczema. The skin is itchy, red and swollen with spots or bumps and possibly also blisters. The eczema usually starts where the clothing has the closest contact with the skin. For example, if the dye of a shirt or blouse is causing the eczema, the inflammation will appear around the armpits and the neck. Hand eczema is also a symptom, especially if contact with the dyes is work-related.

      

    How frequent is it?

    Textile dye allergy occurs relatively seldom in Denmark. A dermatology department at one of the Danish hospitals tested more than 1000 eczema patients for the allergy over 6 months; only two people had textile dye allergy. Textile dye allergy occurs more frequently in countries with a warm climate. For example, in Italy it is not unusual that 50 out of 1000 eczema patients have textile dye allergy. This may be due to people sweating more in warmer climates and, as a consequence, greater bleeding of textile dyes. It may also be due to the greater popularity of synthetic textiles in warmer countries and, with this, the greater exposure to textile dyes.

     

    How is it diagnosed?

    Symptoms and diagnosis

     

    If the localization of the patient’s eczema and his or her medical history suggest textile dye allergy, a patch test, also called a plaster test, is done to confirm the diagnosis. In addition to the actual dyes tested small pieces of the item of clothing thought to provoke the allergy can be tested too.
     


    Are there other causes of textile dye allergy?

     

    Some textiles are treated with other chemicals to give a special finish. These chemicals are called Textile Finish Resins. They give textiles bulk or make them water or crease resistant. Textile Finish Resins release formaldehyde and may provoke allergic reactions, but this is relatively rare.
     

    Some textile dyes are used to a limited extent in permanent hair dyes. This means that if a person is allergic to hair dye he or she may also be allergic to textile dyes and vice versa. However, this is seemingly rare.  

    What can you do yourself?

    If you are allergic to textile dyes, you should avoid wearing deeply coloured clothing, particularly if the item is directly next to your skin. Choose light-coloured clothing and undyed clothing with 100% natural fibres (cotton, linen, silk, wool).

     

    If you are allergic to textile finishes, washing the garment will remove the surplus formaldehyde and will diminish or remove the problem. If you are allergic to formaldehyde, it is advisable to use only untreated textiles.

     

    Source: http://www.videncenterforallergi.dk/Textile%20dye%20allergy-1265.aspx

    • Christian Morqueda

    What are some of the symptoms of latex allergy? 0

    • localized skin rash or itching (generally on the hands)
    • hives
    • swollen red skin
    • swollen lips and tongue with difficulty breathing, wheezing
    • shortness of breath
    • dizziness
    • fainting
    • abdominal pain
    • diarrhea
    • anaphylactic shock

    • Christian Morqueda

    How to Prevent Eczema? Stop it Before it Happens 2

    Are you aware that over 10 million people suffer from this skin condition called eczema? It is sad but true; millions of people have acquired this skin condition. The sad part is that many people do not even know that there are certain things they can do in their lives to prevent further outbreaks from occurring.

    You can even take steps today on how to prevent eczema; stop it before it happens.

    Organic Infant Clothing to the Most secure Clothing Line 0

    Organic baby garments is the greatest alternative for parents who would like the best because of their babies. It is the well-liked selection of garments series pertaining to babies currently. Organic baby clothes are products that tend to be associated with becoming environment friendly. The newborn clothes are bound to come from natural and organic fibres which are produced from natural handle only along with surely without having chemical substances or man-made pesticides.

    Effortlessly Grown Crops

    Though many of us are already conscious on the advantages and benefits associated with choosing natural and organic meals, only a few are aware which what we wear, especially just what each of our babies wear, uses the greatest level of pesticides. Your fibres produced from herbs which are utilized in generating our laundry along with other household resources tend to be created using manure along with pesticides. Using one third of the pound of these chemical substances, it really is believed to increase cotton ample for starters tank top. Just imagine if you make the babies wear outfits other than natural and organic baby garments, it is like you will be making these people soak up the many chemical substances used during the growth on the crop.

    Damaging Pesticide sprays

    Allowing your infant wear natural and organic baby garments will be the first thing to do. Your fibres utilized in natural and organic baby clothes are completely exempt from harmful pesticides. Synthetic pesticides are used on herbs to drive out harmful pests. Using pesticides will not only have an effect on the actual shoppers on the herbs but in addition the actual neighborhood non-farming towns. Everyone is poisoned with the unseen along with odor free killer these kinds of pesticides produce. Man made manure which are shifting though the underwater surroundings tend to be the reason for their dead zoom region. Using the steady utilization of man-made manure along with pesticides, additional farmland along with farm individuals along with oceanic masses are now being contaminated.

    Your Most secure Choice

    We view environmental surroundings nowadays as environmental surroundings babies will are now living in. And as mom and dad along with adults, we merely wish these kinds of youngsters to have the better if lifetime may at any time supply. Among the standard requirements associated with individual will be the garments. And in many cases if it’s the common requires of each unique, it is just right to acquire outfits which are most dependable along with best just like natural and organic baby garments. Nevertheless let’s certainly not target babies on your own, using natural and organic baby outfits should not only be pertaining to babies along with youngsters. Perhaps adults along with especially mothers tend to be asked to move natural and organic. When the mom starts to health professional their particular babies, the potential risk of acquiring way to kill pests poisoning also commences. There has been numerous reports exhibiting which infants experience harmful chemical substances even before becoming born. Pesticide sprays along with other harmful chemical substances tend to be considered the actual responsible for increase in most cancers risk and reduce inside sperm count along with also affects adversely the actual nervous system.

    Using the clear risk associated with synthetically produced fibres, there isn’t a explanation why you ought to certainly not decide on natural and organic baby garments. Buy them in Real along with Sincere Kids along with shield your young ones from the many risks these kinds of pesticides can provide these people. Search from their numerous assortment and stay content knowing that you will be generating the correct move.

    Source: http://floquet.net/?p=650 
    • Mikee Mercader

    Choose Organic for Your Green Lifestyle 0

     

    Organics And The Environment

    The USDA estimates that within the next ten years half of all America’s farm products will come from only 1% of the farms. The EPA also states that commercial agriculture is accountable for 70% of the pollution in our country’s rivers and streams. Small-scale organic farmers finance innovative and far reaching research designed to minimize agriculture’s impact on the environment. They preserve bio-diversity by planting heirloom varieties of plants and harvesting seeds for future crops. The loss of a large variety of species is one of the worlds most pressing environmental concerns. The good news is that many organic farmers and gardeners have been gathering, preserving seeds and growing unusual and unique varieties for decades.

    Organic farming methods naturally enrich the soil with manure and compost. Well balanced soils product healthy, strong plants, nourishing for both people and animals. Organic agriculture can be a lifeline for small farms as it offers an alternative market where sellers can command fair and equatable prices for crops. Organic farming may be one of the last ways to assure the survival of both our ecosystems and our rural farming communities .

    Conventional farming endangers farm workers and their families. Scientific research confirms pesticide-related health problems which include cancer, birth defects, memory loss, paralysis and death. Unsecured storage, improper application methods and unsafe handling and transportation procedures are not at all uncommon and often lead to tragic mishaps. As pests develop resistance, farmers desperate to maintain or increase crop yields often resort to more and more applications of expensive and stronger chemical products. Facing rising costs, depleted fields and contaminated ground water, many small farmers have been forced to abandon their livelihood.

    Organic farming, on the other hand, is not only safer and healthier for farmers, but also promotes just compensation in the supply chain. Organic farming provides an economically viable and socially acceptable alternative to large-scale farming and the accompanying dependence on government crop subsidies. Support of the small farmer supports America’s economy.

    Organic production dramatically reduces health risks. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered and approved prior to extensive research linking these noxious chemicals to cancer and other significant health problems. Crop dusting has often resulted in drifts of toxic pesticides from fields to residential areas.

    Organic agriculture is one way to prevent more of these chemicals from contaminating the earth that sustains us. An increasing body of research indicates that pesticides and other contaminants are considerably more prevalent in the foods we eat, in our bodies and in the environment than we previously believed.

    Organic Textiles

    By the end of 2008, the sale of organic textiles worldwide is expected to exceed billion indicating that global demand for organic textiles is increasing in response to consumer demand. Organic production takes more time, requires more skills and knowledge, and at least for now, costs somewhat more. But it is worth it as organic materials do not contain any hidden costs to the environment.

    Choose Earth Friendly Products! Choose Organic!

    The consumption and use of green technologies is all about the challenges and choices we face if we are to enjoy a high quality of life within the limited resources of our world. If we become passionate about sustainability, together we can make the planet a cleaner and healthier place for all of us to live.

    Do you wish to embrace a lifestyle that protects our children’s future? Do you want to to live in the greenest environment possible with a conscience and respect and appreciation for the earth? The quality of life for future generations is dependent on the choices we make today!

    Surveys reflect that about a fourth of the US adult population has a profound sense of environmental enlightenment and social responsibility. Almost half of us will buy organic and make earth friendly choices in many aspects of our daily living. Consumer education and awareness is a powerful force for change.

    The consumption of organically grown products has increase by 20 per cent in the last year alone. Organic alternatives are readily available and the trend is escalating. Sustainability should be within everyone’s reach. Our choices matter and have a long term global impact.

    Source: http://rofx.net/self-improvement/choose-organic-for-your-green-lifestyle/

    • Mikee Mercader

    Organic Cotton Socks are Comfortable and Environment Friendly 4

    Everyone is aware of the significant changes happening in the environment due to heavy industrialization and development. The environment continues to lose its natural resources due to various kinds of toxins and chemicals polluting it. Through out the world, people are slowly shifting towards to a greener safer environment.

    • Admin Cottonique