Silk is a material that is very agreeable with people who suffer from allergies and have sensitive skin. Most common linen materials exacerbate allergy symptoms, which can cause your daily life to be uncomfortable and frustrating. To mitigate ill effects from allergies, silk is used as a hypoallergenic material.
Silk fibers are spun in a cocoon by the common silkworm. The silk is naturally designed to keep the worm safe from predators, such as the dust mite. This happens to be one of the leading culprits of all allergy symptoms. The protein sericin, organically repels the allergy inducing mite, and when woven into a cloth, it protects the allergy prone human as well.
For people with skin allergies, silk is also an excellent material alternative because it has long, smooth fibers that do not rub or irritate areas of the skin. Most people suffer from clothing dermatitis, which is a condition that causes your skin to develop a rash after being exposed to a certain material. Textiles that have shorter, coarser fibers are more likely to cause friction against your skin, which will ultimately lead to rashes and irritation. As a result of silk’s long, nonabrasive fibers, it provides long lasting comfort to the wearer’s skin.
Another major culprit of skin allergies are the chemical treatments used to die, stain, and style different types of fabric. Many of these chemicals are harsh and are hard to completely wash out of the material. Trace amounts of these chemical agents can cause severe skin reactions that are often uncomfortable and painful. Silk is a material that does not require any chemical treatments to make is softer or more wearable. It is a natural wonder that has a smooth feel, without any chemical additives.
Lastly, silk is a material that resists the growth of mold, mildew, and fungi. As previously stated, silk is naturally designed to keep the silk worm alive in its cocoon, so that it can grow into a mature silk moth. Fungus, mildew, and mold all have the capability of killing the silk worm before it reaches maturity, so through the evolutionary process, the silk worm has produced a mildew, mold, and fungus resistant cocoon material. Mold causes a myriad of negative allergy symptoms, and can even lead to extensive illnesses, if not mitigated. Wearing the proper clothing, in conjunction with getting treatment from an allergist, you will be able to mitigate allergy symptoms.