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Silicone allergy?

Kiwi Stoker2012-01-31 09:16:40 +0000 #1
Can you be allergic to silicone grippers on cycling shorts and other clothing? I thought is was supposed to be elastic (latex) allergy and silicone was fine?

My grippers cause burning red marks and little red spots on my legs as well as my "hold me in" underwear and strapless bras with silicone grippers on them.

This weekend I tried a test- took an anithistamine (nose was itchy anyway) and rolled up my grippers. The edges still managed to cause red burning lines and spots appeared. These shorts are pretty new. I guess I should get the grippers replaced. If silicone does this to me, will normal latex elastic ones will as well? Any other ideas what is causing this?
Owlie2012-01-31 09:29:56 +0000 #2
Maybe it's a sweat-related reaction. I couldn't wear watch bands or flip-flops with straps made of that stuff for a long time, because if it got wet or sweaty, I'd end up with an itchy, angry red spotty rash in the shape of whatever it was. I don't have an issue with bike shorts, but everyone's different.
OakLeaf2012-01-31 09:34:01 +0000 #3
I'm sensitive to the silicone grippers too. It's been discussed here before and we're not the only ones. It's definitely worse in hot weather. Latex doesn't bother me, thank goodness.

I just flip the grippers inside out (some of them are printed so the logos are right ways up that way, so they're plainly meant to be worn that way). It sometimes makes the shorts shorter than I'd like, but it works.

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