Some people have complained that their new Hanes undershirts are causing neck rash. If you are too facing the problem, please keep reading.
I recently purchased some men’s Hanes crew neck undershirts and have developed an awful rash on the back on my neck!!
My skin is sensitive but this has never happened before!
I remember opening the package and smelled this overwhelming odor. I didn’t think anything of it.
Have you heard of anything recently about Hanes undershirts causing a neck rash?
Any help would be appreciated!
Photos of Rash
Melissa shared the following photo of her neck rash so we could see how wearing the new undershirts was affecting her.
This is a photo of care label from the Hanes ComfortSoft undershirt that was causing the rash.
Rash Caused By Hanes Underwear or Undershirts
I looked through my archives and did find some other cases of people getting rashes after buying new undershirts or underwear, but none specifically related to Hanes.
One of the cases turned out to be related to Grover’s Disease and the other t-shirt rash case reportedly was the result of gesaprim pesticide, possibly caused by a batch of imported tea the person recently purchased and drank.
There was another case where some clothing products, including certain undershirts were actually making a person ill.
The most recent update I have from the person is as follows:
Again, the sickness is the result of my body’s reaction to the “trigger”…and for all we know, there could be a variety of chemicals that cause the problem.
It has nothing to do with the texture of the fabric. And the same chemicals don’t cause any problem for most people.
To sum up…it is the imbalance in my system that makes me susceptible to the triggers.
For years, I have been going down the wrong road by trying to find out what chemicals cause the problem.
Now Dr. Page [see above “t-shirt rash case” article] has demonstrated that if he can get my system balanced, I should not react to chemicals that previously caused problems.
He is working on me rather than trying to isolate and identify the triggers.
I emailed Melissa back to get some additional information:
Good to hear from you and thanks so much for your question.
I dug through all my archives and I don’t see issues particularly related to Hanes and neck rashes.
Did you purchase just standard every day Hanes undershirts?
Or did they have some special function to them (i.e. cooling, etc.)?
For example, were they the undershirts from Hanes with FreshIQ (a chemical antimicrobial additive – tradename of Silvadur from Dow)?
A Note About Silvadur
SILVADUR™ 930 Antimicrobial is a polymer-based antimicrobial that uses a patented delivery system to transport and secure the silver ions to a treated article.
When incorporated into textiles and fibers during the manufacturing process, SILVADUR™ 930 can inhibit the growth of microbes to offer protection, durability and freshness.
Undershirts Causing Neck Rash
Melissa got back to me with the following update:
Just standard everyday shirts.
I believe I had a reaction to the new chemicals that they are treating the shirts with.
I decided to wash all of them in warm water with bleach and soap for 5 washes back to back.
Seems to have worked for now.
But there is still an underlying odor/smell of when they came out of the package.
Fabric “Finishing” Chemicals Causing Rashes
I suspect Melissa is right, when she says the rash was a reaction from chemicals that the undershirts were treated with.
Since the undershirts were 100% cotton and didn’t have any specialty characteristics, that would likely point to chemicals used in the cotton fabrics to soften it.
There are some non-chemical techniques to make cotton fabric softer, such as using long staple cotton (Supima, Pima, Egyptian cotton).
There are also fabric resurfacing options such as brushing, sueding, and peaching.
One of the more common chemicals used to soften fabric is using a silicone softener, but that doesn’t normally cause skin rashes.
I Asked an Expert
A while back I reached out to one of my friends who works at a large fabric mill overseas, who is an expert in all things related to fabric production.
I asked him about the chemicals that factories use in the production of standard cotton apparel such as undershirts and underwear.
Thanks for your message.
Actually what you mentioned can make the cotton fabric softer.
But normally we improve cotton fabric (without peaching) hand feel by following way.
Yarn spin method + bio-polishing + silicone.
But there is a problem of adding too much silicone on the fabric in a garment factory because it causes curl for the cutting pieces.
Especially for the single knit fabric like single jersey.
So some garment factories add silicone or softener during garment washing.
By the way, there is another cotton fabric with very nice hand feel called “liquid cotton” which is made in china.
The fabric should be treated with Ammonia liquid during pre-treatment in dyeing process.
Since it needs safety facilities and arrangements, there is only one or two factories that can produce this product.
Since bio-polishing and silicone are processes and chemicals used industry-wide to soften fabrics, I would have to believe they are not the cause.
So, it’s possible that the Ammonia liquid cotton process could be the culprit, though, that is just one hypothesis.
Have You Gotten A Neck Rash or Other Skin Rash?
Are you new undershirts causing neck rash or has your underwear caused a skin rash in other body parts?
Please tell me about it in the comments section below.