I bought a $5.00 100%polyester blanket from Walmart to cut up and use for a lining as I normally use batting, but this was thicker. I had itchy burning eyes, runny nose, my head arms face and hands were itchy. I took a allergy pill and that didn't help.
Today I still feel a bit itchy and my nose is irritated. Has anyone else ever had this happen? I am going to try washing them first and see if that will help. Any suggestions or answers will be great.
By Vickie from Oregon, OH
By christine k wilde12/26/2011
I gave my boyfriend a new 100% polyester blanket for Cristmas and his face, eyes and lips swelled and his skin turned bright red a couple hours after using the blanket. It turns out that it wasn't the polyester but the chemicals they spray on the blanket to keep the color from fading. We washed it 3 times and he took 2 benadryl and he's fine now.
Was it blue camoflage? I just had an immediate reaction where my eyes swelled as if to a cat. We received it as a gift to my child from a vacation bible school. The family he went with all have eye infections, now. I'm waiting to hear back on where it was purchased. Just curious about more specifics on yours.
My son has the same allergic reaction to polyester/fleece style blankets. He gave his to the dog.
By Lilac 02/18/2010
Since you only paid 5.00 for it, I would throw it away. You will spend more than that on allergy meds and why give it to someone else who might have the same reaction.
By Vickie 02/16/2010
I use polyester batting all the time for my projects. And i did wash these blankets and started from scratch making another poncho for the same wheel chair student and i was fine. Just as a note it states on label it was made in the USA. Thanks to all who responded and now i have a few more ideas from you in case it happens again. I invite anyone who would be interested to view my home made items on my face book page.
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By Melanie Jackson 02/15/2010
Have you ever had a reaction like this to anything else made of polyester? I ask, because a lot of what Wal-Mart sells is made in China, of inferior materials. So maybe you're allergic to polyester, but you might also be allergic to some unknown contaminant in this particular item.
By Marjorie C. Woodworth 02/14/2010
Been there, done that got the tee-shirt. If after washing the polyester blanket, you still have the same reaction, you are allergic to polyester.
I'm allergic to all polyesters and have to wear 100% cotton clothing.
By Cajun 02/14/2010
I would suggest that you let the blanket soak in a solution of water & vinegar. An allergic reaction from the polyester or dyes, the vinegar should eliminate it. Let the soaking last over night. (I'd recommend at least 1/2 gallon of vinegar as a minimum; after soaking run it through a cycle in the washing machine; cold water)
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