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Symptoms of Leather Allergy

By: Paul Fryatt

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Leather is vastly used in day to day life as coats, belts, shoes, purses, and many other garments and products. However, some people have leather allergy. Symptoms of leather allergy can vary from one person to another. Before knowing about the symptoms, let’s focus on which component of leather actually causes allergy.


Leather allergy is basically caused by the chrome present in it. This chromium is usually used in the tanning process of leather. Most of all leather products contain chrome in them. So people who have allergy to chromium can develop leather allergy in the form of rashes, redness, and blisters. Apart from chromium present in leather, some other types of materials also have the ability to cause allergy. These components are listed as below: 

  • Rubber chemicals
  • Adhesives
  • Preservatives

All these components are used in leather footwear to raise the durability of the product. These can sometimes be allergic to the people.

Symptoms of Leather Allergy

  • The leather allergy develops specifically at the site of contact of the skin with the leather.
  • Main symptoms of leather allergy are redness, itchiness, hives, and rashes 
  • There can also be the evidence of blistering if the allergy takes a severe turn
  • All these allergic reactions are commonly known as allergic contact dermatitis.

Tips for the Prevention of Leather Allergy

  • Always use chrome-free leather materials. Such products have chromium-free tanning process. Here natural sources are used for tanning which is not chromium. So while buying any leather material, check if that product is chrome-free or not.
  • If your footwear is causing allergies, stop using it. It is very important to switch to another footwear, so as to avoid allergies.
  • Consult your doctor to know whether you have chromium allergy
  • If you come across a type of leather allergy, an allergist would conduct an allergy test to check if you are allergic to chromium or other adhesives.
  • Skin test and blood test are nessecary allergy tests which are used for checking leather allergy.

Ways to to Avoid Leather Allergy


  • The best way to avoid leather allergies is to stop buying leather products and staying away from shops that sells them.
  •  Antihistamines are the well known anti-allergic medicines to stop the reaction occurred due to leather.
  •  Moreover, some doctors may prescribe sublingual allergy drops to neutralize the effects of chemicals on you.



Keep in mind that when you experiences leather allergy symptoms, immediately get rid of the leather item.

As we all know, leather is a major product of sale overseas for several countries. Governments of these countries make a large amount of revenue by selling leather products. So it is possible that you have more leather products in the market rather than any other products. If you have leather allergy, search for products of some other material which does not cause you any kind of allergy.

About the Author

 Paul Fryatt, M.D. has been in this profession from last 24 years. He made great achievements in his profession. He made an initiative to open a Family Allergy Clinic in 1985 to help his patients who were not reacting to traditional allergy treatment programs. Moreover he has explored the treatment to overcome allergy symptoms to reclaim quality of life through his convenient, no-shots therapy.


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