Polyester Allergy

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Symptoms of polyester allergy

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The most common symptom of a polyester allergy is itchy skin and or a rash where skin has come in contact with polyester.  Click on the Write Comment link to comment on your symptoms or tell your experience.

 Other symptoms include

  • swelling
  • chest pain
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 October 2009 16:46

Polyester free cycling clothing

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Searching for cycling clothing with out polyester is some what like trying to find a needle in a hundred haystacks. Nearly impossible. Some of the better items I have are custom made which is not an option for every one.

The fabrics that I can wear are

  • Nylon -  a bit rougher then other fabrics, some people are allergic to Nylon and polyester
  • LYCRA - trade marked version of nylon and tends to be a higher quality
  • Spandex - sometimes, most of the time spandex contains a mix of polyester
  • Elastane / Elasthanne - 100 % Elastane can be quite rough and cause chaffing
  • Acrylic
  • Wool
  • Cotton - not so great for cycling but at one point had a few modified tshirts with pockets and elastic's put in. This is a low cost solution if you like to sew or have someone that can do it for you.

Here is a list of products that I have no issues with so far, some of them require modification.


Louis Garneau Classic Short - This is labed as 82% Nylon and 18% Elastane. The chamios is made of nylon and polyester so that needed to be removed.


Ice breaker leggings - I have a knickers version of this and for a long ride I find they need a pad.


With jerseys you have to watch out the cuffs and other trims are not polyester. They do not need to be declared. I sent one jersey to my tailor (mom) to swap out the cuffs and collars for a fabric I could wear.

Paragon branded wool jersey or Earth, Wind and Rider jersey, works well and has not shrinked.

Castelli Armando Wool Jersey - this is a combo of wool and Acrylic, very nice jersey though not as warms as 100 % wool. I had picked this up at Paragon in New York as well.


Defeet wool socks are avaiable online and in many stores. Their cycling socks work well and last.

There is a couple Castelli socks that I have picked up which I hope to get more in the fall. Well worth the few extra dollars and great for running as well.

Smart wool is another maker of good socks but don't have many of them

Mec is a good source of wool socks for cycling and hiking

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2009 14:25

Fabric labeling rules

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Manufactures are only required to report material if it makes up more then 5 % of the material in the fabric. 5 % is plenty to cause an allergic reaction.

USA http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/textile/bus21.shtm

Australia http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/614083

Canada http://www.cb-bc.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/01249.html

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2009 14:24

Sleeping and polyester

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This article is for all the sources of polyester around sleeping and bedrooms. There is many sources of polyester in your bedroom which would need to be removed. We spend a large amount of time in our bedrooms and being exposed small quantities over time can result in unpleasant results.


  • PJ's/Night gowns
  • Sheets, duvet covers, comforters, comforter covers, pillows
  • Polyester fill in comforters, pillows, mattresses
  • Carpet in the flooring
It is best to start slowly when replacing your bed items as you don't want to solve one problem and end up causing another. Here is the steps I have followed starting with the more inexpensive and easy to replace items first. Macy's, Sears, Winners often carry all the items you need.
  1. Read you labels on your PJ/Bath robe/Night gown and make sure it is polyester free. 100 % Cotton is the easiest to find and other options include silk
  2. Find sheets which are 100 % cotton. Be sure to wash them 5 to 10 times to remove the dye
  3. Replace any blankets or covers. Some people are fine with cotton covered comforter which have polyester fill. Others need either wool blankets or goose down filled comforter

Those three items are the easiest and often enough to prevent direct contact with polyester. To take it to the next level would be replacing your bed which is often covered with polyester fabric, carpets, drapes and furniture coverings.

Beds - many mattresses now are available with wool as a covering, feels good

Flooring - Carpets can be be replaced with wool but wood is more cost effective choice.

Window coverings - Drapes may have to be custom made to not have them in polyester, there are many types of wood, bambo shades, vinyl shades  that could be used instead of fabric.

Furniture - Buying leather furniture or having them reupholstered with a fabric of your choice. The issue with fabric covered furniture is the fill may be polyester much like comforters.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 September 2009 14:25


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