The elastic bands found in your socks were placed there to help keep them from falling down and to keep them snug on your lower legs and ankles. But these elastic bands can be made from natural rubber latex, which can be harmful to those who suffer from latex allergies.
Often referred to as a “sock allergy”, the elastic band at the top of your socks can cause the following symptoms if you suffer from latex allergies:
Vystar® corporation created Vytex® Natural Rubber Latex (NRL) to provide latex allergy sufferers healthy alternatives. Vytex® NRL is an eco-friendly latex material that has virtually undetectable levels of the antigenic proteins found in NRL. Produced through a novel, patented process, Vytex NRL retains all the positive qualities of latex – including tensile strength, elasticity, comfort and fit – with virtually undetectable levels of the antigenic proteins that can cause latex allergies. These qualities are essential to the natural rubber latex found in socks.
If you believe you suffer from a sock allergy, contact your physician or healthcare provider about your concerns and consider being tested for latex allergy. For more information on allergies, visit the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology website. For further information on Vytex NRL or to find products made with Vytex NRL. We also recommend looking for the “Vytex® NRL” logo for a better latex with significantly reduced antigenic protein levels.