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Old 05-19-2008   #1
Montrose, Colorado
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Dry Top Allergy

I seem to be developing an allergy to my dry top neck gasket. Any solutions other than going to a semi-dry top with a neoprene gasket?

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Old 05-19-2008   #2
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What do you mean by allergy? I've been getting nasty red, scabby chaffing around my neck with my new NRS dry top, but didn't have the problem with my old Bomber Gear top. Maybe I have an allergy too? FYI, body glide, sold at running stores, seems to help, but not solve the problem.

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Old 05-19-2008   #3
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Yeah, I used to get something similar, but I have solved the problem by not boating much. A preferable, though ridiculous-looking strategy, is to wear shopping bags. The Safeway kind. Poke a hole through the bottom for your head, put your arms through the handles, and put it on like turtleneck. Make sure it pokes out through the gasket a little, so there's no skin on latex contact. The bags are thin enough that you still get an effective seal. Hopefully they'll come out with sheepskin gaskets soon.
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Old 05-19-2008   #4
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I have had a latex allergy for many years. The best way to test for this at home is to apply a cheap latex band-aid to your inner thigh for a day. When you peel it off it will be red and bumpy, it may stay this way for 24 hours or more.

I wear a surfing rash guard with a turtle neck top and long sleeves and pull this out the top and wrists of my dry top. Rashies are made with spandex (lycra), and may have some latex rubber woven into it. I find that my skin is better by wearing this rather than straight latex neck gasket.
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Old 05-19-2008   #5
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Latex allergies are nothing to sneeze at, they get worse with exposure and can end up with Anaphylactic shock as the reaction. If you are latex allergic, I wouldn't recommend using any, even if it is covered. The allergy can progress in leaps and bounds, no change for years, suddenly hives and throat swelling, etc.

Typically anything that says "Lycra" or "elastane" is safe, spandex is a generic term for stretchy fabric, could be anything in it, yes even latex.
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