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Can you be allergic to sanitary pads??

(14 Posts)
GeetTallBird Thu 09-May-13 23:49:02

I've just realised that the regular as clockwork soreness and little rashes that I get when I'm on my period .... are on the areas that the pads are at!

Is there a latex / glue free / maybe natural alternative??

Still18atheart Thu 09-May-13 23:51:01

Sorry if TMI but I get an almost nappy rash type thing with cheaper store own's type brands. Its fine with Always etc. Think it's because they are rougher somehow

VenusRising Thu 09-May-13 23:55:06

Try a silicone mooncup!! I'm very happy with mine.

I always get allergies from San pro, and also loo roll, except the really cheap Unbleached stuff.
Anything with a colour, scent or over processed dry weave is hell after about an hour.
I'm also a big fan again of actual handkerchiefs made out of linen / cotton <naff> but doesn't make my nose itch. Haven't quite got to the cross stitch embroidery!

WestmorlandSausage Thu 09-May-13 23:57:18

many brands of pads are sneakily 'scented' (ha) aways sets me off. I use the boots cotton things where possible.

Startail Fri 10-May-13 00:03:40

Too plastic bag like lining makes me sore.

Ginformation Fri 10-May-13 00:06:54

Loads of chemicals in pads and tampons that can potentially irritate skin and cause thrush. I second the Mooncup recommendation- I used to get thrush (usually mildly) every month but have had no probs since switching (thanks MN!).

SingingSands Fri 10-May-13 00:11:27

I third the mooncup. Seriously, best thing I ever bought.

Growlithe Fri 10-May-13 00:19:27

Always made me itchy. I'd used them since they first come out and never made the connection until I saw a thread on here. I started using Bodyform and been fine since.

MN also put me onto Pantene shampoo causing my itchy scalp.

I'm itch free now. grin

bamboobutton Fri 10-May-13 00:24:23

Always gave me snappy rash too.

I use a mooncup now and use washable pads as back up.

Beehatch Fri 10-May-13 00:31:21

Mooncup - you know you want to!

But Waitrose stock an eco variety of pads with no scents or bleaches, can't recall the name though.

freefrommum Fri 10-May-13 08:48:43

Loving all the mooncup recommendations, might have to give it a go. Tampons and sanitary towels always give me thrush.

GeetTallBird Fri 10-May-13 23:12:08

Oh gawd Pantene is also making me itch too!...thanks MN'ers, local waitrose stock natracare pads so I'm going to try them.
(Considered mooncup but after an 11lb baby am pretty sure I need a moonbucket)

readyforno2 Fri 10-May-13 23:17:03

The only ones I can use are the boots own brand ones. Always are the worst..

GeetTallBird Sat 11-May-13 10:35:52

Always are what was on offer, I've got tooooo many!

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