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Wool Allergy

by Allergy Guy

Wool Allergy Symptoms

While an allergy to wool is possible, it is considered to be rare.

If you think you have an allergy to wool, first ask yourself “do I have sensitive skin?” If so, you may find yourself itching when you wear any fabric with course fibres.

Before giving up on wool completely, try wearing clothing made of a softer fibre, for example cotton, under the wool garment.

You may also notice a difference between a course-wool sweater, and a fine wool pair of pants. If the latter is OK but not the former, you probably don’t have a wool allergy.

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1 James December 7, 2011 at 11:46

Is this advice for people who come out in rashes? Because I can’t wear a wool sweater for more than 5 minutes before my eyes are red and streaming and I’m starting to sneeze.


2 Allergy Guy December 7, 2011 at 16:32

Most likely wearing something under wool will not work for you, but you can try it. Let us know if it works.


3 Eren October 3, 2011 at 01:50


I always start to itch when any kind of wool touches to my skin (acrylic too). I used to buy clothings made of cotton, but recently even 100% cotton clothings make me itchy. They are not as bad as wool clothings, but I do not feel comfortable with them. What is wrong with cotton clothings lately?


4 Allergy Guy October 3, 2011 at 08:44

I wonder if the cotton really is not 100% despite the label. Or maybe you need to new cloths a couple of times before wearing them?


5 Gregor Shapiro October 5, 2017 at 01:30

…wash… ?


6 colin foy February 28, 2011 at 17:43

Every time I go near wool I come out in a rash. Even if my grandmother is knitting I have to leave the room. Is there a cure for this? Thank you


7 Allergy Guy February 28, 2011 at 21:53

Too bad you react to wool like that, Colin.

It may be possible to get allergy shots for wool. I’m not sure about this, but it may be worth asking an allergist about.


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