Upper Torso Rash from Life Jacket

by Margie Kreider
(Pennsylvania)

Everytime my 8 year old son goes in lake water with his life jacket on, he ALWAYS get a red bumpy rash ALL OVER his upper torso area, exactly where the life jacket is against his body. It's only in that area. We thought maybe it was from the lake water or sunscreen, but he only gets the rash where the life jacket is against his skin. It is very itchy too. Any suggestions? It's very frustrating because we have a boat and this is our vacation time, in the lake water/boating. Thanks.

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Aug 11, 2013
Rash from Life Vest
by: Geanie

My husband coaches waterskiing/wakeboarding and we have encountered students with this problem. He asked a couple of the life jacket companies he is sponsored by for an explanation and they said some people are sensitive to the chemicals used to coat the fabric of the vest. I would think it would be hard to find an "organic" life vest, but maybe wear something between the vest and the skin to minimize contact with bare skin.

Aug 21, 2011
Heat Rash from Life Jacket
by: Anonymous

My daughter has the same thing. Every time she wears a life jacket in hot weather, she gets a rash. We have tried different life jackets, but it always comes back. She has very fair skin, and we have determined it is heat rash. When she sweats, the sweat stays on the skin and rubs....causing the rash.

Mar 19, 2011
I hear ya!
by: Anonymous

I have a six year old as well as a boy and he was getting a rash as well. We had previously taken the life jacket to the pool, beach, lake, etc. I even washed it hoping it would help, but the rash broke out again. I am throwing the life jacket away. My husband and I decided it was in too many pools, lakes, etc., and needs to go due to too many cross contaminations, bacteria harboring etc. So my suggestion is to use one life jacket at the lake and wash often. Hydrocortisone cream helps with the skin rash and itch as well as a little Benadryl if needed. Hope and pray it goes away for good.

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