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Rash from New Wetsuit?

Discussion in 'Apparel' started by Rob9876, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Rob9876

    Rob9876 Barracuda

    My son and I are both new divers, and recently got new wetsuits. After trying his on recently, he has a rash on areas not covered by the swimsuit and t-shirt he wore under the suit. Hard to imagine that is coincidence. We did one day of quarry diving in rental wetsuits a few months ago without any issue. He's also tried on wetsuits before buying without any issue.

    So, is there some way we should treat the new wetsuit to minimize the likelihood of a rash?
  2. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds Advanced Corn Hole Diver

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
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  3. D_Fresh

    D_Fresh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    It could be possible that it's a reaction to neoprene or latex allergies. But it would be worth washing the suit(s) with a wetsuit shampoo/cleaner and try again. Maybe there were some chemicals left over from manufacturing.

    Another option, though admittedly a band aid of sorts, is to wear something full length underneath the wetsuit. Lavacore, or long rash guard pants and long sleeved rash guard shirt. They can also help the suit slide on easier.

    If neither option works, maybe try a different suit manufacturer?
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