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#1 lotacurls


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:44 PM

I recently started a Crochet Along and bought some Caron Simply Soft from my local Wal-mart. This yarn is 100% Acrylic. I spent several hours last week crocheting and a welty rash started developing on my forearms. I did start a new antibiotic and allergy medicine that same day and thought maybe the reaction was to that. I am on a new antibiotic that I started several days ago with no problems. Last night I was crocheting for several hours again and broke out in the same rash and my face looks a little swollen this morning too.

I crocheted with RHSS yarn that was 100% acrylic a few weeks ago with no problems. So I'm wondering if it could be the dye? I've also read about starches manufacturers use on yarn...could it be that? Would washing the yarn skein first help before I just give it all away?

Anyone have experience with an Allergic reaction to a brand of yarn for no apparent reason? I know some people are allergic to wool but this is not wool.

Thanks for any help or advice!
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:33 AM

You're more likely having a reaction to the antibiotic. You can even have an allergic reaction to an antibiotic just after having finished it ~ surprise! Your forearms, wrists, neck and face are the most common places for hives to begin, although you can have them anywhere.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:54 AM

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It is possible to be allergic to acrylic, or like you said to something that was used in processing the yarn. Maybe you should put the yarn aside until you are finished with the antibiotic, or any other new medications, so you can better determine what you might be reacting to.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:57 AM

I have a friend that get's like that only when she uses 1 specific color or Red Heart. It's possible that it's the dye.

I would wait and try it again after the anti-biotics are out of your system.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:51 PM

Thanks for all your replies. Crocheted some last night with no problems. I found someone online saying that they were rubbing the back of their arms on their shirt in the chest area, if you know what I mean, while they were crocheting without realizing what they were doing. This caused them to break out because of something in the laundry detergent and the constant contact with their arm rubbing on their shirt gave them a bad rash.

While I was crocheting I realized that depending on how I am sitting, I tend to rub my forearms on my 'chest area' while crocheting too. I had to consciously make an effort not to do this. I crocheted for about 1 1/2 hours without breaking out!! So I'm not 100% convinced this is the cause but I will keep paying attention to my arm position while I'm crocheting!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:02 AM

Obviously you should certainly set aside that project, BUT more importantly if you are having an allergic reaction of any kind for any reason - you should be contacting the health care professional who prescribed it.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:20 PM

I cannot use that yarn either.
I finally contacted the company and they refunded my money , or they said I could choice another yarn to replace it. I took the yarn , I now forgot which ; but it was so soft.
contact them and tell them about it.
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:04 PM

It can happen...
I had the problem with RH Super Saver. All the other Red Heart yarns never bothered me, just that type. I believe It was fixed by Red Heart, because I tried it once more about a year ago and all was OK. So let Caron know if it happens again. They get enough notices and they will investigate and attempt to fix the problem.


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Posted 02 March 2015 - 04:28 PM

I have this same problem. It's bad. Are you still having problems?

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 05:40 PM

it may not be the yarn it could be a few other things...Like where you get your yarn from...yarn gets tossed around on the floor/etc it could be a cleaner they cleaned the floor w/ or maybe something on the shelf....Just another idea....to consider..but it could be the brand of yarn too

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Posted 24 May 2016 - 09:20 AM

I once read that the problem could be the dye, not the fiber. I bought myself a very nice, very expensive alpaca, only to be sneezing and eyes watering. I made a very nice cowl but gave it to my sister. I later read that alpaca is the least allergenic wool, but it was probably the dye. (it was from knitpicks)