Wore a light sun shirt under the spray skirt today and still got the rash, this is almost a dealbreaker.
So this is exactly how it went down, to maybe sort this out, I bought a used kayak that came with a snapdragon spray skirt, like an idiot the first day I used it I did not wash it before hand as it looked very clean and fairly new as did the boat, I paddled shirtless with spray skirt and pfd at a reservoir. some of the reservoirs here are known to have swimmers itch from parasites that like geese and ducks, this reservoir has geese, I noticed a small rash around only abdomen where the spray skirt was, so I'm assuming it's not related to a swimmers itch situation. Next day I showered with all my wet gear shoes pfd and sprayskirt, again shirtless rash was slightly worse, again showered after. Next day I buy an nrs sun shirt to put in between and tucked it into shorts with the skirt over it, it's a wicking type shirt so maybe its much of a barrier to the neoprene. After the 3rd day of paddling the rash is full on hives, its only around my abdomen. Either the used spray skirt had some fungus that I still haven't cleaned thoroughly, the water in the reservoir is sketch, which I wouldnt doubt, they do not allow swimming all I've seen there are other kayakers didnt notice anyone else with rashes although I didnt pay too much attention. I have had my arms anlegs in the water with no issues but nothing tight is over them except my swimming shorts in the boat, Or I'm straight up severely allergic to neoprene and the silk weight shirt is not enough to prevent the allergy, really not sure what to do I want to go try a river today, and see if maybe its the water as some wetness is in between the skirt and stomach, maybe I need a tighter new skirt?It probably is an allergy to something, but the fact that you are isolating it from neoprene contact suggests it might be something other than the neoprene. Have you washed the skirt and other items in contact with the area? Is the water you are boating in potentially polluted?
I was very much enjoying it, but now that my rash around abdomen is healed I have staph infection on my ears and put on antibiotics doctor thinks it's from sunburn and lake/river water. This whole thing has been a real pain, havealways been an outdoor person have never had issues like this before. In the end I think most issues are due to extended periods in extreme heat but also probably some less than savory water.Sometimes boating can be a pain in the rash, but for many the positives outweigh the negatives. Good luck and thanks for the update.