Causes Of Bra Allergy

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2006, 16:51 [IST]
 
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Bra allergies are directly related to the constructions of the bra. If your body is not resistant to the metal or the elastic that they use, you will find some rashes and skin irritation around the breasts.

Like other allergies the best way to get rid of it is to stay away from them. But, can you think of any outwear without your bra? Do not worry. Here are some solutions to get rid of bra allergies.

Latex allergy:
Bra elastics are made of latex. If your skin is not resistant to this material then you will suffer from allergic reactions like dryness, itching, burning, scaling, conjunctivitis and lesions of the skin. The reaction is more severe if it spreads and lasts longer.

Latex allergy is an allergic reaction to substances in natural latex. Materials like balloons, gloves, bandages, computer mouse pads, clothing including elastic or underwear, have latex material in them. Latex allergies have been diagnosed through ages but there is no specific treatment for complete cure other than prevention.

So if you are suffering from those symptoms the first step would be to consult a doctor. Doctors' recommend, 'Tropical Corticosteroids' to treat the results from the exposure to the chemicals in the latex. 'Antihistamines' to treat itching, hives and redness due to latex protein. Epinephrine is used when the allergic reactions are severe.

The next step is to use bra that do not have latex in them. Cotton bras with cotton adjustable straps are ideal. You can buy them in your local store. If you are looking for fancy ones then consult professional bra makers and ask them to stitch a bra without latex. Bras by Lucy, Bra Smythe and professional bra makers of Canada are few such examples. It may be expensive; but money should not be a matter for all those risks. The other method would be to insert a piece of cloth under the area, which has elastic. But all those stuffing would look weird. Wear or carry a medical alert bracelet, key chain or necklace that will warn you whenever you come in contact with latex.

Nickel allergy:
If the bra clips are made of nickel and your skin is allergic to it. You will surely have bra allergies. The symptoms are the skin will become itchy, turn red, blisters and even bleed in worst situations. Doctors do patch test to detect nickel allergy.

Follow the precautions to avoid nickel allergy. Use fasteners, clips and snaps made of plastic, coated or painted metal, or some other metal. Applying 1% of hydrocortisone base cream on the affected areas two or three times a day will be effective. Compresses made of Burrow's solution diluted with water will help dry up blisters. Emollient cream will alleviate the dryness and itch of dermatitis.

Washing Bra:
Using unwashed bra for a long time will also lead to skin irritation. Bras should be free of dirt, sweat and grime. Here are some tips on how to wash a bra for the safe and protective skin. It is advisable to wash a bra and then use it after purchasing a brand new one. If you are a person who sweats a lot then you should be washing them after every wear especially the ones which you use when you are jogging or playing any sport because its harbors bacteria can cause breakouts on the back. Wash it properly so that perspiration and body oils don't linger.

Wash your bra with mild detergents in cold water; using harsh detergents may cause irritation around your nipple or skin. Do not wash it with the rest of your clothing. It is preferable to place then in a lingerie bag before you wash them in the washing machine. Never place the bras in the dryer, it will break the elastic in the fabric, and you will have to replace them often.

It's not hard to get rid of bra allergies. But anyone can be affected at any age. Follow the guidelines to get rid of those itchy bras.

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