I am allergic to latex. It is a mild allergy, and one I don't think of much. However, I recently discovered that I am also mildly allergic to acrylic. The only place it causes problems is on my forefinger, where my yarn rests while I am knitting. This also happens to be the place I have psoriasis. The acrylic yarn causes my psoriasis to act up, resulting in swelling and blisters. (probably those weak genes again)
Now, normally, I don't like to knit with acrylic. I prefer natural fibers. My favorite fiber is wool, and cotton is nice, too. I recently acquired some alpaca that I love.
A friend gave me a large amount of acrylic yarn, and I am attempting to use it. In order to use it, I place a bandage over my finger, so that the yarn doesn't come in contact with my skin. This has worked out great, until last night.
Last night, I put on a bandage and went about my business of knitting. This morning, at about 5, I woke up because my hand was itchy. I kept rubbing it on the sheets and scratching it. Finally, I realized that I had put on a latex bandage. *sigh*
This is not the first time I have used a latex bandage without thinking about it. I am presently going through my house getting all the latex bandages and putting them aside for kid-only use. Maybe that will keep me from screwing up and using them again.