Allergic to M & S Bra.

(21 Posts)
overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 19:43:33

Okay, so I bought this bra and since I've been wearing it, my boobs have been itching like CRAZY.
Is it possible to be allergic to a BRA? shock

www.marksandspencer.com/MSSearchResultsDisplayCmd?checkbox-accordion=on&facetOpen=true&checkbox-accordion=on&facets-429496395

What the hell is that material they're using? I have never had an allergic reaction from any other bra before. Ever.

overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 19:46:32

My link doesn't work.

www.marksandspencer.com/sumptuously-soft-underwired-padded-full-cup-t-shirt-bra-dd-g/p/p22354670?colour=Fawn

This is the one.

I wonder if it is something to do with the type of foam they're using? or the metal? Or the material is substandard.
Something's different. I have never had an allergic reaction before.
Nickel in the underwire perhaps?

overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 19:49:44

Just me then.

pinkfrocks Fri 22-May-15 19:51:58

Have you washed it? You won't be reacting to the nickel unless it's exposed.

CherriesAndSlippers Fri 22-May-15 19:53:34

I'm allergic to elastic, and sometimes there's an elastic strip running on the band which leaves me with a big red welt. Could that be it?

overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 19:53:54

No haven't washed it.
Worn straight from bought. Why would that make a difference?

overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 19:55:13

Cherries,
it seems to be mainly where the metal strip meets the skin (at the bottom of the cup) but there is also general all-over itching.

overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 19:56:01

I knew it was too good to be true.
I thought I'd found the perfect bra sad

CycleChic Fri 22-May-15 19:59:17

Wash it. You might be reacting to one of the chemicals used to treat the fabric (eg what they've used for sizing) or something that's gotten into it during shipping or...

overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 20:00:11

Okay, will wash it ripping it off as we speak
the Relief! smile

pinkfrocks Fri 22-May-15 20:10:05

That's why I mentioned washing it- all fabrics are finished with a kind of 'finisher' ( which is why some items like wool coats lose their 'body' when cleaned) so you may be reacting to something in the material.

MoDhachaidh Fri 22-May-15 20:39:34

I got this bra today, been wearing since early afternoon, no itching glad to say.
Very comfortable.

possibly perfect bra

Hope a wash sorts it out for you.

overshoulderboulderholder Fri 22-May-15 20:49:39

I have just washed it and given it extra rinses.
I'm sat here in my old bra and it's just heaven. The itching has disappeared instantlyand the burning has stopped..
There is definitely something on or in that bra. angry

they should put a warning on it or something.

marriednotdead Fri 22-May-15 22:59:56

Take it back! If it's not fit for purpose then get a refund.

CycleChic Sun 24-May-15 07:36:28

It should be dry by now- op, is the itching gone?

AlternativeTentacles Sun 24-May-15 07:38:22

I had this - but it was my nipple that itched. Every bloody time. So bad it bled sad I would leave it for months and within 10 seconds of putting it on [often by mistake as I'd forgotten it was so bad] I would be itching again.

I chucked it out.

overshoulderboulderholder Sun 24-May-15 11:40:11

I washed it, gave it lots of extra rinses and dried it thoroughly.

Within 10 minutes of having it on, the horrendous itching started again! I ended up with such a bad case of hives I had to take piriton.

This morning, I compared it to my other bras and I've noticed this bra has a very 'rubbery' 'soft' foamy texture. It could be that it has latex in the material.
I'm not wearing it again, that's for sure. I bought the dove-grey one as well and matching pants. What a waste of money.

Alternative, was it this bra?

www.marksandspencer.com/sumptuously-soft-underwired-padded-full-cup-t-shirt-bra-dd-g/p/p22354670?colour=Fawn

60% polyamide, 23% polyester and 19% elastane

I notice that's exclusive of trimmings so there could well be something in the strip around the bottom which a lot of bras have

overshoulderboulderholder Sun 24-May-15 12:10:13

I hadn't noticed that bit, Statistic, I wonder what's in the 'trimmings'? hmm

Does it feel plasticy, like the strips on a strapless bra? I've known a few people have problems with strapless and it tends to be silicon AFAIK that's in those. But it could be just about anything. I'd return it though - if it brings you out in a rash it's not fit for purpose.

AlternativeTentacles Sun 24-May-15 12:45:58

It looks like it - however mine was about 5 years ago.

Nightmare.

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