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elastic free clothes

so after a number of elimination things, i think i have found out why i've been breaking out for awhile, i think i'm allergic to latex because it's specifically if i have contact with elastic in sensitive areas.  what are some alternatives to swimsuits & underwear that are elastic/spandex free?  is there any?    i'm not interested with going commando, i find it very uncomfortable.  


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Jul. 17th, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Hanes Her Way and Just My Size both have completely cotton-covered elastics and are very comfy. That's just to name two popular brands. There are many these days, they are reasonably-priced and available in almost every store.
I can't wear ones with exposed elastic, either.
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
my friend had problems with exposed elastic, and she ended up buying lots of boy shorts because they typically don't have that (and she was getting bumps on her bum where the elastic rubbed). unfortunately, she found really great ones at that terrible store, american eagle. but i'm sure you could find great ones elsewhere.
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
i agree with the boy shorts. that's pretty much all i wear, and there is no exposed elastic. you can get them at american apparel, which is sweatshop free but has advertising that riles up my feminist nature. all companies can't be perfect.
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
my jockey underwear has the elastic fully enclosed so there is no elastic that could come in contact with your skin.
Jul. 17th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
just wanted to say thanks for posting about this as i've started having the same problem. Now if there would just be some suggestions about bras...
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Calvin Klien are latex free.
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
does CK have nursing bras?
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
I somewhat doubt it.
I googled it and wow. There really isn't much of a latex free nursing bras selection.
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
And I also think I should reword. CK HAS latex free. Not all of them are.
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Cotton undies are latex free. Actually quite a bit of undies are latex free.
If you google "latex free swimwear" you'll find about 100 sites dedicated to giving us swimwear options. Warning. We are like the ladies in the plus size section. They just assume we have no sense of style so we have to pick the best of the uglies.

If you actually do have a latex allergy you should pay attention to the cross reaction foods:
* apples, bananas, kiwi, peaches, plums, figs, grapes, melons, papaya, passion fruit, cherries, nectarines, pears, pineapple and strawberries;
* carrots, celery, raw potatoes, avocados and tomatoes;
* chestnuts and hazelnuts;
* wheat and rye.

I'm lucky. All I have out of that list is pineapple, kiwi, banana, and papaya. Some people have the whole list.

Also. Pay attention to the areas you don't think about latex being.... your nylons?
* medical devices (gloves, blood pressure cuffs, IV tubes and catheters);
* dental items (dams and orthodontic rubber bands);
* clothing (the elastic waistbands in pants and underwear);
* children's items (bottle nipples, pacifiers, teething toys and toys);
* household items (rugs, bathmats and rubber gloves);
* personal care items (diaphragms and condoms);
* office and school supplies (rubber bands, erasers, rubber cement and paint).

If you have a steady partner and aren't worried about disease but still use a condom, I recomend sheep skin. But they don't stop disease.

Jul. 17th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
it's a new thing for me, and i've only had reaction at senstive areas like my boobs when i wear a swimsuit (regardless of which one) & panties. i will keep the food list in mind, though i haven't had issues with that yet. i just know when i wear my hanes the band around the top irritates me & if they're worn at all (small hole on the seam) where the elastic is, i break out.
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
When it was new to me, it was mild. Within a year it had become a severe allergy.
The less exposure you have, the lower your chances of it going severe.
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