Dermatological Problems Associated With Clothing and Household Textiles

Kathryn Hatch, University of Arizona
ABSTRACT - Wearing clothing is a necessary and also a pleasurable experience. However, consumers sometimes complain of intolerance to certain fabrics and on occasion the dermatologist diagnoses that clothing has caused an adverse skin reaction. This research investigates the types of dermatitis that are caused or aggravated by fabrics, the specific aspect of the fabric (fiber, dye, finish, etc.) responsible for the reaction, and incidence of occurrence. Case histories as given in the medical literature were assessed. Results show that various fibers, dyes and finishes are associated with adverse skin reactions, though incidence rates cannot always be deduced. Evidence of consumer awareness of such reactions is also limited, and research in these areas is needed.
[ to cite ]:
Kathryn Hatch (1986) ,"Dermatological Problems Associated With Clothing and Household Textiles", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 13, eds. Richard J. Lutz, Provo, UT : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 665.

Advances in Consumer Research Volume 13, 1986      Page 665

DERMATOLOGICAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD TEXTILES

Kathryn Hatch, University of Arizona

ABSTRACT -

Wearing clothing is a necessary and also a pleasurable experience. However, consumers sometimes complain of intolerance to certain fabrics and on occasion the dermatologist diagnoses that clothing has caused an adverse skin reaction. This research investigates the types of dermatitis that are caused or aggravated by fabrics, the specific aspect of the fabric (fiber, dye, finish, etc.) responsible for the reaction, and incidence of occurrence. Case histories as given in the medical literature were assessed. Results show that various fibers, dyes and finishes are associated with adverse skin reactions, though incidence rates cannot always be deduced. Evidence of consumer awareness of such reactions is also limited, and research in these areas is needed.

For further information, write to:

Professor Kathryn Hatch / School of Family and Consumer Resources / University of Arizona / Tucson, Arizona 85721

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