Latex products are so common that anyone can become allergic to latex, says the American Academy of Family Physicians.
However, since the widespread use of latex gloves and products as a barrier to infectious diseases, especially the AIDS virus, there has been a marked increase in reports of severe latex allergy, particularly in health care workers. It is estimated that 2% of all hospital employees have latex allergies. Additionally, latex is used in over 40,000 products according to Medicinenet.
Here are some of the most common latex-containing products:
* Dishwashing gloves
* Waistbands on clothing
* Rubber toys
* Hot water bottles
* Baby bottle nipples
* Disposable diapers
* Sanitary pads
* Rubber bands
* Swim goggles
* Racket handles
* Motorcycle and bicycle handgrips
For those of us outside of a hospital setting, latex is most commonly found in our clothing. Cottonique has come up with a solution: completely latex and spandex free under things!
The product, according to the website: "eliminates the use of color dyes or any form of chemicals. The cotton used is 100% organically grown. The fabric is treated purely with heat and water to make a healthy, soft, & breathable garment."
I looked forward to receiving these samples and trying them out. I got, a cami and a pair of the drawstring undies.
My feeling is that Cottonique is ahead of their time. A dye-free, organic, all cotton, naturally made product, that is free-of skin irritants is great, but even those who get contact dermatitis from latex- or spandex-laden clothing want colors and great fit and style.
Cottonique's fit left much to be desired as well. Perhaps it's that we don't realize how far a little latex and spandex go in helping out everyday outfits work on our bodies, clinging to our forms in an attractive way. Cottonique's cami gapped at the bust line and was too tight elsewhere. The panties were of the grandma variety and were not flattering. As it is an un-dyed product, it comes in only one color: natural.
I'm glad Cottonique exists for those with severe latex and spandex allergies. Here is an option for soft, safe underthings that won't irritate or cause hives. I hope they continue to develop their line and their reach to consumers. I'm also looking forward to next generation companies that will bring some style in the mix.
Published On: May 12, 2008