Is it possible to be allergic to my scrubs?

  1. 0 I purchased a pair of scrub pants, the typical 65/35 blend fabric a couple of days ago. I washed them in hot water with extra rinse before wearing and I wore them 1 day for 8 hours. About 4 hours into the day, I started to feel a little itchy in the inner thigh area, but it wasn't overwhelming. When I got home, the itching was very annoying and when I took off the pants, my legs had a red, raised rash all over with more pronounced areas of redness around the seams. Especially the inner thigh area. I used a little cortisone cream and took an antihistamine which took care of the itching and the rash by the next morning.

    I went out today and bought 100% cotton scrub pants, so I hope this won't happen again.

    I'm just curious - anyone ever had this type of reaction?

    Thanks!
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  3. Visit  edmia profile page

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  4. Visit  danissa profile page
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    Are you washing them in different powder? Have you tried wearing them again?
  5. Visit  kukukajoo profile page
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    Yes you can develop alergies to synthetics but I understand it is quite rare.

    A close friend who has a young daughter very allergic to what seems like most substances and she searches far and wide to accomodate her and get cotton dance gear. She is trying hard to give the kid a normal life which is hard as she can eat very little. She wears only cotton and from what I understand it helps a lot.
  6. Visit  madwife2002 profile page
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    I have had problems with some scrub pants and I now only buy good quality ones.
  7. Visit  meownsmile profile page
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    My thoughts lie more in you being sensitive to the dye and fabric treatment rather than the synthetic fabric itself. Maybe try a different brand of scrubs.
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  8. Visit  sharann profile page
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    You could be reacting to one or more things. The thread used in the seams may be the culprit. Also, whenever our hospital gets a new shipment of brand new surgeical scrubs many of us react. A dermatologist told me that they frequently use formaldehyde in scrub processing. Repeated washings and lots of cortisone cream helped. I had this once with some turquoise scrubs.When we went to green I didn't have a reaction.
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  9. Visit  casi profile page
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    Could it be that you're just allergic to work?
  10. Visit  morte profile page
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    Quote from sharann
    You could be reacting to one or more things. The thread used in the seams may be the culprit. Also, whenever our hospital gets a new shipment of brand new surgeical scrubs many of us react. A dermatologist told me that they frequently use formaldehyde in scrub processing. Repeated washings and lots of cortisone cream helped. I had this once with some turquoise scrubs.When we went to green I didn't have a reaction.
    yup, thread is my thought as well
  11. Visit  elizabells profile page
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    Also: did you have an extra-busy night? I always buy the same brand of scrubs and wash them in the same hypoallergenic stuff, but after a bad night I often have a rash like you describe. Sweat + extra running around = rashy thighs. Like prickly heat, I guess.
  12. Visit  justme1972 profile page
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    It's most likely not the fabric, but something in the dye.

    I bought a pair of yellow shorts a year ago that did the same thing. It was literally like I had ants in my pants every time I put them on. I finally threw them away.
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  13. Visit  EmmaG profile page
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    I agree with the above; perhaps the dye or detergent more so than the fiber itself. I had used a particular brand of detergent to wash my uniforms for years with no problem, and then developed an allergy to it. The rash and itching on my back and legs was bad enough, but I also ended up with it all over my feet (from my socks) --- even on the soles. Augh. That was misery...
  14. Visit  Katharine profile page
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    Sometimes stuff in fabric can stay in there awhile. I switched from store bought laundry products to some natural products. It took about 3 washings before I saw the big difference it made in our clothings. Store bought detergents build up in fabric making them irritable/harmful to our bodies, and dingy looking. Shaklee and Melaleuca both sell wonderful safe laundry products that reduce allergic reactions and are actually safer for your family and the environment.

    If you are having this happen with those clothes and not all of them, it might be something in the fabric.


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