Wool allergy: symptoms and cure-249
Often we see people troubled by wool but have no choice but to wear it to beat/ combat the excessive cold.
Allergy is related to the immune system’s response to a foreign substance. The skin contact with wool causes rashes in some people as woollen clothing has scratchy surface coupled with some chemicals traces used in processing and dying of woollen garments. However, an expert opinion is required to determine whether the symptoms are caused by wool allergy or skin sensitivity. A thick under layer between skin and woollen clothing is another way to differentiate wool allergy from skin sensitivity.
Wool Allergy:
Wool contains lanolin protective waxy layers on sheep hair. Woollen fabric is manufactured from sheep hair. Lanolin is also used in cosmetics and ointments. It has been observed that lanolin products cause allergy in people.
Various Wool Allergy Symptoms:
These symptoms are as under:
• Skin Irritation:
Skin, when exposed to wool, develops hives and rashes. This is the most common symptom.
• Eye Irritation:
It is another indication of wool allergy as eyes develop puffiness, itching and redness.
• Nasal Complications:
Important to note that not only lanolin but also chemicals used in woollen garment manufacturing process cause sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose and respiratory issues.
• Treating the Symptoms of Wool Allergy:
Medical research is still on to understand the real cause of the wool allergy. Hence there is no permanent treatment for the wool allergy symptoms. Though allergy shots and antihistamines are conventional treatments to give slight relief from wool allergy, however preventive steps like avoid wearing wool clothing or use an under layer between the skin and woollen clothes or try wool mark clothing made of merino wool which is the softest wool and does not itch at all.

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