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Arthritis Knee Support – Rashes

April 12, 2012

How will an arthritis knee support effect my skin?  What if I’m allergic to neoprene?

Patients are concerned that arthritis knee supports made of neoprene will give them a rash.  Skin conditions while wearing neoprene braces are easily avoided.  Patients need to treat their knee sleeves like their socks.  Arthritis knee supports need to be washed and dried regularly.  How long would you wear a pair of socks without washing them?

People who suffer from rashes while wearing neoprene braces generally aren’t washing them enough.  Neoprene encourages warmth and compression, this combination will also encourage sweat.  How long can you wear the same pair of socks without washing them before your feet will develop skin problems.

Most people are not allergic to neoprene.  They have problems with all the dirt and bacteria trapped in their brace.

Neoprene braces need to be washed regularly, in the sink is fine.  Cold water and a mild detergent will get the job done.  Let the brace air dry in the strainer, don’t put it in the clothes dryer.

Patients that truly have a neoprene allergy should try an elastic brace, or a neoprene brace with a liner that prevents the neoprene from touching the skin.



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